Via a trusted source, the first group of North Korean refugees will arrive at an undisclosed U.S. airport, escorted by personnel from an American embassy in Southeast Asia, within the next few days. There will be six refugees in the initial groups.
Larger numbers are expected to follow in the next few weeks. All are currently under the protection of a U.S. consular facility in Southeast Asia. Among those expected to arrive later are concentration camp survivors. The refugees all escaped across the North Korean border and then traveled through China to Southeast Asia on the underground railroad.
The State Department, which remains deeply divided over accepting the refugees, is keeping the arrival location secret to minimize press coverage.