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defect from (something)

To leave some place, often under repressive conditions and when it is prohibited. I defected from my homeland after witnessing the atrocities carried out by the government.
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defect to (something)

To leave some place, often under repressive conditions and when it is prohibited, and go to another place. I defected to this country after witnessing the atrocities being carried out in my homeland.
See also: defect, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

defect from something

to run away from something; to forsake something. Thousands of soldiers defected from the army. Roger would never think of defecting from the armed services.
See also: defect

defect to something

to forsake one group and take up with another. Will he defect to the other side? David defected to a small East European country.
See also: defect, to
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"In that computer, there was a file containing personal information of North Korean defectors. The file was confirmed to have been leaked."
Some 997 North Korean defectors have now been informed that their names, birth dates and addresses have been leaked but it is not clear what impact this will have.
"When I was in the North, I heard the 22 defectors were executed upon arrival," Kim said.
Now he has written a book detailing the challenges faced by Northern defectors in what has become a radically different society.
The instructor, usually a defector himself or herself, would introduce me to establish a base level of trust.
Woorihana, which literally means 'together as one,' is a nongovernment organization founded in 2012 that aims to help young North Korean defectors through one-on-one English training and leadership programs.
As the United States continues supporting other weak, failed, and unstable states, the question of how to use defectors to achieve operational goals remains prominent.
Although the number of Korean War migrants is decreasing rapidly, the count of North Korean defectors living in South Korea is gradually increasing.
As Myk's quest for family history intersects with his search for an elusive defector, he comes to realize new truths about coincidences, consequences, and the lasting impact of history.
North Korea, which denies the existence of the camps and the abuse described in painstaking detail by defectors this week, has responded neither to an invitation to talk to the commission nor a request for the panel to visit the North.
For some historical context, readers should recall the Iraqi defector known as "Curveball," who made allegations about Iraqi chemical weapons a decade ago that bolstered the case for war -- but turned out to be fabrications.
Later, as it approached the city centre, another North Korean defector tried to impede the run and was arrested.
The defector programme was put in place under then-CIA Director Porter J.
Wilson also discusses Peregrinus, Porphyry (possibly a defector), and Julian, the apostate emperor.
The recent murder-by-poison of KGB-FSB defector Alexander Litvinenko in London (see article on page 17) and the murders of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, special forces operative Movladi Baisarov, central bank official Andrei Kozlov, and ex-FSB general Anatoly Trofimov--to name but a few--are sending an unmistakable message to everyone with eyes to see and ears to hear that the KGB (though not under that name) is firmly in control of the Kremlin.