USUALLY, OVER 1,000 PEOPLE MAKE THE CHOICE TO LEAVE NORTH KOREA AND MAKE BETTER LIVES FOR THEMSELVES.
It is the biggest choice they will ever make as it is illegal to leave the country without permission, but that’s only the beginning.
OVER 35,000 NORTH KOREAN ESCAPEES HAVE FOUND FREEDOM AND HAVE STARTED BUILDING NEW LIVES.
The majority have settled in South Korea, but there are North Korean escapees all over the globe.
SINCE 2003, OVER, 1,000 NORTH KOREANS HAVE ESCAPED FROM THEIR COUNTRY AND MADE NEW LIVES IN THE UK AS EXILES AND REFUGEES.
The majority have settled in New Malden, a small suburb in southwest London.
In our community hub, North Koreans can take part in our English-language learning programme to learn the English language and cultural acclimatisation skills they need to find work, to develop friendships, to communicate with their children’s teachers, to speak to their GPs, and to integrate into the UK. While North Koreans work to achieve their goals for language acquisition, we also provide drop-in advice and guidance sessions to ensure they are properly supported before they can support themselves. But language isn’t the only issue. A significant number of North Koreans report mental health problems - from complex PTSD to depression.
In response, we set up an outreach and mental health programme run by a qualified psychotherapist. North Koreans can access weekly therapy session to help them process the trauma they experienced, and we work to help them overcome the psychological barriers they have to learning the skills they need to integrate. We also support the next generation through education support in daily homework help sessions.