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North Korea: Refugees

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL2195, tabled on 11 October 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to raise the issue of stateless North Koreans with the government of China; and what steps they plan to take to aid stateless North Koreans in need if the government of China is unwilling to assist them.

Answered on

19 October 2016

We are aware of reports of thirty North Koreans being sent back to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) after a period of detention in China.

Despite claims by the DPRK authorities that forcibly repatriated refugees are well treated and reintegrated into DPRK society, reports suggest that they are often mistreated by the authorities.

We will raise the issue of non-refoulement at the next UK-China Human rights Dialogue, scheduled to take place this month.