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Escape from North Korea

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 28 July 2011

Lucy Williamson reports from Seoul on the dangerous trade of the people brokers, smuggling desperate people out of North Korea to the safety of the South. She investigates the way the South Korean government tries to integrate refugees from the North into their own modern, open society - and the challenges this creates for people who have only known poverty and extreme political repression.

  • Shadowy world of Korea's people smugglers

    Shadowy world of Korea's people smugglers

    Almost 3,000 North Koreans make it to the South every year with the help of a network of people smugglers and brokers, reports the BBC's Lucy Williamson in Seoul.

    Read Lucy Williamson's article on the BBC news website


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