More North Korean refugees likely to eye Canada
By Daniel Proussalidis ,Parliamentary Bureau
First posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 03:01 PM EDT | Updated: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 06:42 PM EDT
North Korean people and soldiers attend a rally denouncing South Korean President Lee Myung-bak at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang on April 20, 2012. (REUTERS/KCNA)
OTTAWA – Immigration authorities are preparing for ever-increasing numbers of refugee claimants from North Korea.
“The flow of North Korean defectors to the Republic of Korea has recently turned from a trickle to a flood,” said Canadian immigration officials in a January assessment obtained through an access-to-information request by immigration lawyer Richard Kurland.
The documents indicate that between 2007 and 2010 around 10,000 people escaped the communist dictatorship in the north to seek refuge in the south.read more