559 Koreans Sought Asylum Overseas in 2012

  • Arirang News

    October 15, 2013 09:55

    More than 500 Koreans sought asylum outside the country last year, according to a report.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the number of Korean nationals who took refuge in foreign countries as of the end of last year was 559, while the number of people who were waiting to earn refugee status overseas was 186.

    The ministry said it is hard to determine why they sought asylum in other countries because the information is classified and cannot be disclosed.

    Refugee status is generally given to individuals who wish to flee their home country because of persecution for their race, religion or political or ideological beliefs.

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