Thai police charge North Korean refugees

Thai police charge North Korean refugees

Thai police charge North Korean refugees

Updated 19 December 2011, 15:46 AEDT

Fifteen North Korean refugees have turned themselves in to Thai police after making the long trek from their homeland.

Thirteen women and two children handed themselves in to police after they entered Thailand from Laos.

They were charged with illegal entry.

Most North Koreans who reach Thailand are allowed to move to South Korea.

They risk forced repatriation if caught in neighbouring China, and often travel on to Southeast Asia in hopes of eventual resettlement in South Korea or elsewhere.