North Korean Refugees and the Olympics
By Bryan Caplan
I recently saw a bumper sticker that basically said that we should use the Beijing Olympics to shame the Chinese into releasing hundreds of thousands of North Korean refugees. This seems like a worthy cause that even American opponents of immigration can support: All most of the refugees are asking for is to be deported to South Korea instead of their murderous homeland.
So what are the odds that shaming the Chinese government would actually work? And would the government of South Korea really take them all if China were willing?