Online newspaper Daily NK gathered that North Korea is in the middle of enlisting laborers to be deployed overseas in a bid to have proficient measures to bring foreign currency into the country.
Laborers from the main cities of the North like Pyongyang are deployed to Russia, Qatar, China, Iran and other nations “friendly” to the secluded state, according to a top-level source of Daily NK.
The state’s External Construction Bureau are in-charge of enlisting laborers, which mainly centers on men aged 30s to 40s, said the source.
But the source mentioned that possible recruits may have a challenging time to be picked for the job abroad compared before as criteria were fortified following the defection of 11 North Korean laborers to South Korea.
According to the source, the recruits can be chosen to qualify for jobs abroad for about a couple to four months.
Women, on the other hand, are being recruited by the secluded state to take the place of workers at China’s clothes factories and manufacturing sites.
Laborers in China, in regular periods, would go back home after three years but the closure of the Sino-North Korean border because of the pandemic hindered them.
The source said the majority of North Korean workers in China would opt to stay there.
“There are many laborers who say that they would be returning home essentially empty-handed if they were to go back now,” the source said, noting that workers think they can return home “only when they have earned enough money to at least start a business.”
But this thinking does not apply to all laborers in China as some want to go home immediately, believing that they will not gain more money by prolonging their stay in China.
Presently, managers of the workers are verifying people who want to continue their stay and China and those who want to leave.
There were several workers who said they will stay, which is probable despite that they have exceeded the three-year stay overseas.
The source said those who wanted to go home but did not complete their overseas stay for three years will be allowed to go home to North Korea.
Authorities in the secluded state probably desire to complete running tests on new laborers to be deployed in China faster than those to be deployed in other countries.
A “border crossing pass” from the province will be the only document asked for those who will be deployed to China. On the other hand, passports and visas will be asked for those who will be deployed to Qatar or Iran.
“Preparations for the replacement of laborers in China will take a month or two,” according to the source. “[North Korean laborers] in China don’t need to go through [various] procedures to return home, so once the new laborers are selected [in North Korea] the replacement process will move ahead quickly.”