Angola has repatriated at least 296 North Korean migrant workers since last November, according to an unpublished U.N. Panel of Experts (PoE) midterm report
A sizable number of the North Korean nationals were sent back to the DPRK after a Dec. 2019 deadline set by the United Nations.
As per the report, doctors, “other professionals” and their accompanying family members were sent back to North Korea between Nov. 2019 and Feb. 2020 after Angola “renounced the bilateral cooperation agreement in the field of health with the DPRK.”
Angolan authorities told the Panel of Experts that there were no longer any North Koreans “exercising lucrative professional activities (medical and other)” in the country as of mid-July, according to the unpublished report.
The repatriation abides by a 2017 U.N. Security Council (UNSC) sanctions resolution, which stated that all U.N. member countries must send North Koreans earning money abroad back to the secretive DPRK by Dec. 22, 2019
Besides medicine, the two countries have a history of cooperating in several areas. Previous U.N. reports have pointed that North Korea trained the Angolan military in recent years, as well as evidence that sanctioned DPRK companies were operating in the country.