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As reported by DailyNK and NKNews:
The number of North Korean citizens entering South Korea is set to decline by 20% year-on-year in 2013, according to new data released by the Ministry of Unification in Seoul.
Speaking with reporters today, a Ministry of Unification official explained, “So far, the number of North Korean escapees entering South Korea this year is 556; we are predicting that around 1200 people will enter in total.”
By contrast, 1509 North Koreans entered South Korea in 2012, marking the eleventh straight year in which more than 1000 had arrived. The highest figure came in 2009, when 2929 North Koreans arrived in South Korea, but numbers have been declining since Kim Jong Eun came to power in 2011.
Clearly an indication that North Korea’s border intensification is working. This means, they can better control the flow of people going out of the country, so that they can better control who is allowed to work outside the country with permits. By doing so, those that are permitted to work outside of North Korea, will have to pay back remittance/loyalty pay to the North Korean government. I can’t find the original article I read this at, but depending on the amount you remit, you may get certain perks, like Pyongyang residency (best treatment in the country), party membership, “and more!” But now, with the recent Chinese cut-off of North Korean bank accounts, the fact that they closed down the Kaesong Industrial Complex, they have to be cash-strapped. So what’s the next big thing?
North Korean foreign-currency earning enterprises are actively seeking private Chinese investors with whom to jointly operate enterprises in China.
The joint ventures involve Chinese investments of capital and North Korea supplies of labor. The North Korean Ministry of Commerce has a history of running things like restaurants and massage parlors in China; conversely, it is unheard of for individual North Korean companies to be given permission for joint ventures of this nature.
A Party cadre linked to one foreign-currency earning enterprise in Hoiryeong reported to Daily NK on the 14th, “Foreign-currency earning companies have been dispatching small groups of workers to China to contact Chinese industrialists.”