UK to block North Korean refugees automatically
The Government has quietly confirmed that Britain a home to more North Korean refugees than anywhere else in Europe, will now automatically ship away those who escape from one of the World’s most oppressive regimes. It is estimated that 630 to 1,000 people taking refugees in the UK.
Under a tribunal ruling last year, North Koreans can be sent to South Korea when they arrive in the UK, typically after a torturous journey through China, because Seoul has granted them dual citizenship. But there are complaints that North Koreans are treated poorly by their richer, better-educated neighbors.
Home Secretary Theresa May has been urged to rethink the new policy of refusing North Korean refugees asylum in the UK.
Policy officer at the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea James Burt said that the South Korean Government should clarify whether North Koreans who have never set foot on South Korean soil, and do not wish to be South Koreans, would be awarded citizenship.
The Oslo Times