65 North Koreans Defect To South Korea Over 5 Years

bae bae bae, Sept. 8, 2015, 10:40 a.m.


Across the tightly patrolled borders on land and sea, 65 North Koreans have defected to the South since 2010 with 15 of them crossing the borders undetected.

A North Korean soldier who made it to a South Korean guard post near the eastern part of the military demarcation line was among those who made it, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s report. The soldier was not detected until the crossed the border and spent one night near the South Korean military outpost and turned himself in the following day.

Skepticism is growing over the South Korean military border guarding after another incident occurred in the eastern section in 2012. Fifteen of the total 65 defectors have made it across the borders undetected and either turned themselves in or were reported by civilians.

The number of defections have increased from 10 in 2010 to 39 in 2011. Four defections have been reported this year.

More than 1,000 North Koreans have defected from the communist North Korea to the South every year in search of a better life, but also many of them arrive by a third country.

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