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Asylum: North Korea

Question for Home Office

UIN HL3577, tabled on 17 November 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider North Korean citizens and refugees as South Korean citizens.

Answered on

25 November 2015

The Constitution of Republic of Korea (South Korea) stipulates that all North Koreans are citizens of the Republic of Korea.

As citizens of South Korea, North Korean asylum seekers are able to seek the protection of the South Korean authorities. A person who simply expresses an unwillingness to avail themselves of such protection would not bring them within the scope of the UN Refugee Convention.

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