Contact defectors - 脱北者の声の代弁者に!​

PSCORE provide opportunities for researchers and organisations to contact North Korean defectors. More research and advocacy is necessary to improve the human rights situation in North Korea, which is why many defectors are willing to help contribute valuable information. 

There are many people interested in contacting our defectors and the demand for interviews are high. With respect for the limited available defectors as well as their financial hardships upon their arrival in Seoul, we therefore compensate them for their time and effort. 

Compensation fee

Survey (<4 pages) : around ₩30,000 excl. organizing or translation fees,

Interview : around ₩50,000 / hour excl. organizing or translation fees

Before performing any audio or video recording, please ask for the defectors’ permission before you do so. Maintaining anonymity is important to us; their name must be changed and their face has to be blurred in photos. The reason for this anonymity is because of their loved ones who are still in North Korea could risk face punishment in their stead and also, for the respect for the defector who may suffer from PTSD- symptoms and continue to fear for their safety.


Send us an introduction of who you are, your purpose with the research and your desired interviewee. Additionally, please send us an outline of your plan for communicating with one or more defectors. We will then evaluate your application and respond at our earliest convenience.