Since the division of Korea after the end of World War II and the end of the Korean War (1950–1953), North Koreans have defected for political, ideological, religious, economic or personal reasons. Such North Koreans are referred to as North Korean defectors. Alternative terms in South Korea include "northern refugees" and "new settlers".
It was a dash for freedom that was caught on camera and captivated the world: A North Korean defector being peppered with bullets as he tried to flee his authoritarian homeland, NBC News reports. But.. WorldNews - Published