This study aims to analyze the characteristics of social capital among North Korean defectors residing in South Korea and to identify various factors that influence the formation of their social capital. To achieve this, the study utilized survey data collected by the North Korean Defectors Support Foundation from 2017 to 2021. Based on the analysis results, the study aims to identify key factors that influence the formation of social capital for North Korean defectors and derive policy implications to promote the formation of their social capital. In fact, North Korean defectors in Korea build various forms of social capital as immigrants, refugees, and minorities, which play an important role in their adaptation and integration. However, empirical analysis results on this topic are insufficient. Therefore, the study aims to provide evidence-based policy recommendations based on its research findings.
Jeong-rae Jo, Korea Educational Development Institute (KEDI), South Korea
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