July 06, 2015 12:30
Some 1.74 million foreigners live in Korea, accounting for 3.4 percent of the entire population. Their number is smaller than the population of North Jeolla Province (1.86 million), but larger than that of North Chungcheong Province (1.58 million).
The Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs announced the figures Sunday.
Foreign residents include foreigners who stay here for more than 90 days, naturalized citizens and marriage migrants. Their number has increased by 130,000 each year on average, from 540,000 in 2006, when they were first counted. It has grown more than three times over the past decade.
Foreign workers without acquired Korean citizenship make up 34.9 percent (608,116), the largest contingent.
Most foreign residents live in Seoul and surrounding Gyeonggi Province with 63.3 percent. By country of origin, Chinese account for the biggest proportion or 54.7 percent including Korean Chinese (39.9 percent). Next come Vietnamese (11.5 percent), Americans (4.2 percent), and Filipinos (4.1 percent).
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