Since the Korean War in the 1950s, hundreds of thousands of people are believed to have escaped from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea AKA North Korea. These defectors undertake a perilous journey to leave the Asian country, one that has become even more difficult in recent years as authorities have more efficiently cracked down on these escape routes. And the COVID-19 pandemic hasn't helped, as stricter border controls have been enforced to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
A video from RealLifeLore on Youtube explains the eight routes that are taken to leave North Korea. Check it out below.