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Saturday, October 23, 2004

China: N Koreans seek asylum in school

From BBC News:
A group of 29 people identifying themselves as North Koreans have sought asylum in a South Korean school in the Chinese capital, Beijing.
Asylum-seekers have been invading foreign missions in China since 2002.
As Pyongyang's closest traditional ally, Beijing is loath to take any steps that might destabilise its neighbour or lead to waves of asylum seekers pouring over the border.

So China often deports North Koreans it catches back to their homeland.

It has also thrown heavy security around embassies to try to deter such asylum attempts.

Despite the risks, many North Koreans are still prepared to take the chance and activists estimate that about 200,000 are currently hiding in China.

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