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Rethinking the North Korean repatriation program : The change from an “aid economy” to a “hostage economy”

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  • Rethinking the North Korean repatriation program
  • Nam, Keun Woo
  • Seoul National University(Center for Social Sciences)


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Title Rethinking the North Korean repatriation program
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The change from an “aid economy” to a “hostage economy”

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Author(English)

Nam, Keun Woo

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[Seoul]:Seoul National University(Center for Social Sciences)

Date 2012
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Korean Social Sciences Review(KSSR):vol. 2(no. 2)
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Economy < Economic Administration
Official Aid < General
Holding (Center for Social Sciences)

Abstract

This article examines the North Korean repatriation project of the period of December 1959 through 1984. The purpose of this study is to identify economic intentions of North Korea relating to the repatriation project and its impact on the North Korean economy. Though there have been many studies on the North Korean project, they mainly dealt with the processes of homecoming or superficial aspects of its political and financial intentions. There are a few cases focusing on the repatriation itself. Most studies have been conducted in Japan rather than Korea. Therefore, it is not so easy to find research on this subject in the fields of domestic and international politics. This study searches for the missing parts of the repatriation project through interviews and documents from Japan and North Korea to understand the economic intentions of North Korea. The results show that one of the main goals of North Korea in the repatriation project was to overcome its economic crisis at the time the project was planned.

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Translated from the article published in Korean Political Science Review 44(4): 137-159, 2010 with permission from The Korean Political Science Association.