Since 2018, Canada has deported 242 North Korean escapees and is in the process of sending home an additional 512. Many of these people had gained South Korean citizenship before coming to Canada. Most deportees are sent to South Korea, where they first land after departing from North Korea and receive citizenship upon arrival. Asylum seekers are usually granted refugee status if they can provide evidence of being persecuted in their home countries. However, North Koreans who have found refuge in the South and been granted citizenship are usually excluded from this protection.