IOM Trains Service Providers for Resettlement, Integration of North Koreans

IOM Seoul is today hosting a two-day training for 15 service
providers responsible for helping North Korean refugees to resettle
and integrate in South Korea.

The workshop, funded by the US State Department’s Bureau
of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), is the first of its
kind. It includes an overview of North Korean migration, skills for
basic identification and interviewing of victims of trafficking,
fundamental principles and guidelines for providing health
services, referrals, psychosocial assistance and other integration
assistance measures.

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IOM Seoul has been working with government partners in providing
assistance to about 17,000 North Koreans (80 per cent of them
women) currently living in South Korea.

IOM research suggests that some 75 per cent of all North Korean
women migrating to South Korea have been trafficked or exploited en
route and many face major psychological and mental health
challenges while trying to adjust to their new lives.

Service providers taking part in the training this week work at
31 Hana Centres – newly-established one-stop centres set up
across the country to help new arrivals, also supported by PRM.

IOM plans to train a further 200 Hana Centre staff and other
resettlement service providers for North Koreans in the coming
months. Materials developed for the workshops will translate into a
concise, tailor-made manual designed to meet the integration needs
of North Koreans arriving in the South.


The training workshop’s agenda and content were developed
from existing IOM counter-trafficking and health manuals, including
The IOM Handbook on Direct Assistance for Victims of Trafficking
and Caring for Trafficked Persons: Guidance for Health

"We recognized striking similarities between victims of
trafficking with whom we work worldwide and the North Koreans who
have arrived in the South in terms of their rehabilitation needs.
So the workshops are really about sharing IOM’s global
expertise in victim protection and assistance with the Hana
Centres’ newly recruited service providers," said IOM Seoul
Chief of Mission June Lee.

For further information, please contact:

June Lee

IOM Seoul

Tel. +82-2-2183-0191

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