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A False Sense of Status: North Korean Migrants in South Korean Media Frames

As North Korean defectors and migrants evoke both alarm and sympathy from people worldwide, questions emerge as to the role that popular media frames play in crafting public imagination regarding North Korean migrants. Host to an increasing number of North Korean migrants, South Korea has produced its own media frames, which often cast these individuals as a special type of migrant taking on particular hardships. Although South Korea is in fact host to various groups of migrants from several countries, North Korean migrants are depicted as a highly distinctive group in the public sphere. In reality, their experience largely parallels that of other migrants residing in South Korea. Therefore

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