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Query Responses

Query responses are replies to focused queries or requests for Information that are submitted in the course of the refugee status determination process.
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China: 1. Is there a border crossing between Yanji and North Korea? 2. Are Chinese nationals who are also ethnic Korean able to freely come and go across the border? 3. Would a Chinese national who is ethnic Korean have to register his presence in North Korea with local authorities if staying a few nights with a North Korean family? 4. Would it be even possible for a Chinese national to stay with a family in North Korea without applying for permission beforehand? Would that person be closely watched by security officials while there? 5. How would North Korean officials react to a Chinese national being found with the Bible and suspected of trying to evangelise North Koreans? Would that result in a detention of only 3 days or deportation or something more serious? 6. Are there many North Korean defectors living in this part of Jilin province? 7. What is their status - are they considered as illegal immigrants or are they tolerated by Chinese authorities? 8. Is there a lot of missionary activity by South Korean Christians or church ministers in that area? Is their presence in that area tolerated by Chinese authorities?

28 March 2011 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Democratic People's Republic of Korea: 1. Some purported North Koreans state that they have never held a travel document in their hands, and does not know the identity recorded in their passport. If true, this implies that such passengers and their escorts are confident that Immigration officials accept documents that are handled exclusively by their escorts, and that the officials do not engage directly with the passenger. Can the Department indicate whether or not this is usual practice? (The incoming passengers may well be part of tour groups from China.) 2. What do North Korean ID cards look like and in what circumstances must a person carry one? 3. (a) Is there any information on DPRK (truck) driver licences? (b) Is there any information on the age or other requirements to undertake such work? 4. Do young men undertake military training or camps whilst at school? Were there any periods where famine required them in practice to work instead on farms? 5. What foreign languages are taught in DPRK schools? (Chinese?) 6. (a) Where is Sunghu-Dong? (b) Please. provide, if available, a map and details of landmarks, etc. for Hyesan City. (c) Is there cross-border traffic between Hyesan and the neighbouring PRC localities? 7. Is there any information on DPRK medical exemptions to military service? 8. Do reports indicate or suggest the extent to which North Koreans in China adopt false names or take other measures to avoid PRC authorities?

20 July 2010 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Democratic People's Republic of Korea: 1. Do persons who are born in North Korea have a right to enter and reside in South Korea? If so, what is the legal source/basis of this right? 2. Are there exceptions or limitations to the right of a North Korean to enter and reside in South Korea? If so, what are they and what is the legal source/basis of these exceptions? 3. What is the relevance or effect of The Act on the Protection and Settlement Support of Residents escaping from North Korea on the right of a North Korean to enter and reside in South Korea?

17 February 2010 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Korea: 1. Who would the "local security people" be - the police or the intelligence service? 2. What powers do they have? 3. What is the political tension like between North and South Korea? 4. What security checks are there at the airports for persons departing South Korea?

6 November 2006 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Korea: 1. Could DFAT please provide clarification and elaboration on DFAT Report No. 362. 2. Are there are laws other than the "Act on the Protection and Settlement Support of Residents Escaping from North Korea" that relate to or have an impact in determining the legal right of a North Korean defector to enter and reside in South Korea?

28 November 2005 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

China: 1. Is it possible that a North Korean national would have the right to reside in China? Are there any ways of ascertaining his legal status in China?

18 November 2005 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Korea: Can you provide any information on the group Young Sang Gyo?

7 July 2005 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Korea: 1. Is Yanji accessible for both South and North Koreans? 2. Is there a long-term South Korean community in Yanji? 3. Is there a regular mail service between South and North Korea, and is there information as to whether it is monitored? 4. Do the Republic of Korean authorities place restrictions on travel to China? 5. Provide an update/confirmation of departure security checks for persons departing the Republic of Korea through Incheon

1 July 2005 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

South Korea: 1. Could you provide me with up to date information on the treatment of North Koreans in South Korea? 2. In particular, are they subject to harm in South Korea by agents from North Korea?

24 January 2005 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Democratic People's Republic of Korea: 1. Do you have access to any general information on education on North Korea? For example, is school compulsory and if so for how many years, and what is the standard curriculum? 2. Also please provide any information on the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, re language spoken, ethnic composition etc

20 January 2005 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

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