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May 23, 2011

British Embassy, British Council offer English classes to North Korea defectors

Teaching-English-in-Japan-Education-British-Council" The British Embassy in Seoul has announced that it will expand its provision of English education to North Korean defectors. Last year, the embassy enrolled 10 defectors in British Council English courses in Seoul and intends to expand that to 47 defectors. It has also arranged for various English-language mediato provide internships to nine defectors. The embassy is also providing a scholarship for post-graduate study in the U.K. to one former North Korean.

“We are launching this program not to put any organizations or individuals in the spotlight, but to highlight the situation of new settlers in South Korea today,” commented Martin Uden, the British ambassador to South Korea.

Around 3,000 North Koreans defect each year to South Korea.

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