North Korean Escapees’ Unthinkable Journeys and the Conceptual Binaries of Migration Policy

  • Kyunghee Kook

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


There is a lack of empirical interview data on escapees from North Korea and the aim of this thesis is to address this omission. At a theoretical level, this thesis is concerned with North Korean escapees' cross-border mobility to South Korea through a third country. It explores how North Koreans' migration, often popularly described as the `Underground Railroad', is undertaken through smuggling networks, documenting both the process of smuggling and the structure of its networks.
Date of Award28 Nov 2019
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Bristol
SupervisorKatharine A H Charsley (Supervisor) & Julia N O'Connell Davidson (Supervisor)

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