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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Koreans to Go Home

SEOUL, South Korea -- About 1,000 ethnic Koreans in Russia's far eastern region of Sakhalin will return to South Korea to live in February, government officials said Monday.

That would be the largest group of ethnic Koreans in Sakhalin to be allowed to return since the Seoul government began accepting them as its citizens in 1992 under a deal with Japan and Russia.

About 500 ethnic Koreans have since moved to South Korea. The Koreans were stranded in Sakhalin when they were brought there by Japan as forced laborers during World War II.