The PEOPLE are breaking away from the control of the regime & are transforming their society from the bottom up.
Since the collapse of the state economy in the 1990s, unofficial markets have not only enabled the North Korean people to make a living but also provided the people with goods that are outside the government’s control, including technologies like DVDs, USBs, laptops, and cellphones. These new information channels provide the people with new ideas, perspectives and possibilities. North Koreans are not as isolated as they once were, and they are gaining physical and psychological independence from the regime.
North Korean refugees send an estimated $10-15 million back home every year.
Tens of thousands of North Koreans have risked their lives to escape to a better life outside, and many of these people have also emerged as agents of progress by sending money and information back to their home communities through illicit channels. This helps to accelerate social change, fuel grassroots marketization, and weaken the regime’s control.