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Crossing the line : Chinese policy towards North Korean border crossers

Söderholm, Åsa LU (2010) MRSA21 20092
Centre for Theology and Religious Studies
Human Rights Studies
Abstract
In the mid-90s, a nation-wide famine broke out in North Korea, driving people across the border into China in search of food. This was the start of a slow and steady exodus.
China claims that these people are illegal migrants, and that a treaty with North Korea obligates it to return them. Others argue that they are refugees that should be protected against refoulment, because of the harsh punishments facing those that are returned.
The purpose of this study is to explain why China, despite international outrage, repatriates North Koreans who enter the country illegally. Utilizing information from a variety of sources, I argue that the reasons have little to do with the treaty, but are instead motivated by other concerns.
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author
Söderholm, Åsa LU
supervisor
organization
course
MRSA21 20092
year
type
L2 - 2nd term paper (old degree order)
subject
keywords
Illegal invandring, Illegal aliens
language
English
id
1525095
date added to LUP
2010-03-04 17:05:05
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2014-09-04 08:27:48
@misc{1525095,
  abstract     = {In the mid-90s, a nation-wide famine broke out in North Korea, driving people across the border into China in search of food. This was the start of a slow and steady exodus.
China claims that these people are illegal migrants, and that a treaty with North Korea obligates it to return them. Others argue that they are refugees that should be protected against refoulment, because of the harsh punishments facing those that are returned.
The purpose of this study is to explain why China, despite international outrage, repatriates North Koreans who enter the country illegally. Utilizing information from a variety of sources, I argue that the reasons have little to do with the treaty, but are instead motivated by other concerns.},
  author       = {Söderholm, Åsa},
  keyword      = {Illegal invandring,Illegal aliens},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Crossing the line : Chinese policy towards North Korean border crossers},
  year         = {2010},
}