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December 8, 2006
Question Taken at December 7, 2006, Daily Press Briefing

Recommendation to Create a Special State Department Office for North Korean Refugees (Taken Question)

Question: Have we seen a report that recommends a State Department special office to deal with North Korean refugees. What is our opinion/view?

Answer: We have seen the report issued by the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. The State Department already has an office which addresses the issues of assistance and protection for North Korean refugees.

The U.S. State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) has primary responsibility within the U.S. Government for formulating refugee policies and for administering U.S. refugee assistance and admissions programs. In FY 2006, PRM managed nearly $1 billion in funds and admitted more than 41,000 refugees from around the world to the United States. PRM has been the lead in State on assisting North Korean refugees, facilitating their admission to the United States and coordinating with advocates also working on their behalf. PRM coordinates with other bureaus in the State Department, including East Asian and Pacific Affairs, the Office of the Special Envoy for Human Rights in North Korea, and other federal agencies to implement the refugee-related aspects of the North Korean Human Rights Act.

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Released on December 8, 2006

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