June 19

North Korean defectors in Britain cite communication issues as biggest hurdle

first_img News Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store North Korean defectors in Britain cite communication issues as biggest hurdle Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] News center_img SHARE Facing life in a country completely foreignand full of strangers, how do North Korean defectors get by in Britain? Having visited London for the 2ndanniversary international conference on the Commission of Inquiry’s [COI]report on North Korea, hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on NorthKorea and the International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity in NorthKorea, this reporter, a North Korean defector herself, was able to get a firsthand account of what life is likefor them. It was evident that they were struggling with the most basic elementssuch as communication, but they were also full of hope. Most defectors in Britain live in thesouth-west London suburb of New Malden, also known as the hub for other Koreanresidents. The existing Korean community there is one of the largest reasonswhy defectors choose to settle down in New Malden. Without speaking Englishwell, they find it much easier to land jobs at Korean companies in this area. Park Ji Hyun is the North Korean Outreachand Project Officer at the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea.She told me although there are no concrete data on the employment conditionsof the defector community, it is believed that out of ten people, only two orthree have jobs. “They mostly work in the service sector at restaurants orbakeries, but even then, they cannot communicate so their employment status iswobbly at best,” she said. This is why Park, who also escaped from theNorth, is debating whether to run a free English academy for defectors.“They’ve made it all the way over here from the North, so I think as long asthey’re willing to learn, they’ll no doubt be able to overcome the languagebarrier,” Park said. “We’ll work to build a good system so that defectors in Britaincan more easily settle down.”Kang Su Hui, who came to Britain from SouthKorea after escaping the North said, “I was prepared to deal with thecommunication problem, but it’s a lot harder than I expected, so sometimes I dothink about going back to the South.” She explained that because of her limitsin communicating, there are not many options when it comes to jobs, making itharder to get by. “I hope there will be more opportunitiesfor defectors here to overcome their struggles and settle down,” Kang said.“I’m also determined to not lose hope about my dreams of quickly putting myroots down here, and I’m going to try my best and not just rely on aid andsupport from others.” Another defector, who asked not to benamed, explained they had come to the UK because of the difficulties they facedin the job market in South Korea. “The struggles back there were nothing,” theperson said they often find themselves thinking. The defector added,regardless, they are doing the best they can to settle down and get by.  By Kang Mi Jin – 2016.02.29 2:49pm News News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only)last_img

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