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Foreign-born Population in Korea Surges to 2.26 Million

최종 수정일: 2023년 12월 2일





According to a press release from the Ministry of Interior and Safety on November 11, 2023, the Republic of Korea is experiencing a significant demographic shift.


As of November 1, 2022, the number of foreign-born population has reached a historic high of 2.26 million, representing 4.4% of the total population. This milestone surpasses all previous records since the government commenced data collection in 2006.


Comparing this figure to the previous year, there has been a notable increase of 123,679 individuals, constituting a 5.8% rise. This growth is primarily attributed to a surge in foreign students by 32,790 (20.9%) and an increase in Korean descendants with foreign nationality by 29,000 (7.9%).


The term "foreign-born population" encompasses individuals born abroad who have undergone naturalization in Korea.


The total number of individuals acquiring Korean nationality reached 223,825, indicating a growth of 12,945 from the preceding year, marking a 6.1% increase. A breakdown based on the country of origin reveals that 44.0% were Chinese (Korean), 22.6% were Vietnamese, 18.5% were Chinese, 4.6% were Filipinos, and 2.2% were Cambodians.


For a detailed breakdown of the number of foreign residents by type in 2021 and 2022, refer to the table below:


2021

2022

Foreign Workers

395,175

403,139

Marriage Immigrants

174,632

175,756

Foreign Students

156,607

189,397

Korean Descendants

368,581

397,581

Other Foreigners

554,972

586,473

Naturalized Residents

210,880

223,825

Minor Children (born in Korea)

273,722

282,077

Total

2,134,569

2,258,248


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