North Korea loses its grip as defectors flee Kim Jong-un's regime

kim jong un north korea defectorsGETTYThailand's immigration bureau has revealed an increase in the number of North Korean defectors

The number of North Koreans entering Thailand illegally has surged in recent months as increasing tensions on the Korean peninsula force people to escape the hermit state.

In a blow to Kim Jong-un's regime, around 30 North Koreans are fleeing the country a week to start a new life in Thailand. 

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With the impenetrable demilitarised zone (DMZ) to the south, most North Korean escape attempts are made via China, with new figures showing an increasing number of people making the onward journey to Thailand.

In 2016, there were 535 North Korean arrivals in Thailand, but the first six months of this year saw 385 arrivals, according to data from the country’s immigration bureau. 

One immigration official said: "An average of 20 to 30 North Koreans arrive each week now in northern Thailand alone.”

The increasing numbers come despite North Korea’s attempts to tighten the country’s northern border with China - and could suggest that Pyongyang’s endless warmongering is forcing more people to take their chances by fleeing.

Tue, May 16, 2017 Established by the provisions of the Korean Armistice Agreement to serve as a buffer zone between North Korea and South Korea
A South Korean tank of the 8th Mechanized Infantry Division takes part in a live-fire exercise at a training ground in Cheorwon, near the demilitarized zone (DMZ)

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A South Korean tank of the 8th Mechanized Infantry Division takes part in a live-fire exercise at a training ground in Cheorwon, near the demilitarized zone (DMZ)

Many of the North Korean refugees who arrive in Thailand are eventually sent to South Korea,

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