Number of foreign residents in Korea on the rise

Number of foreign residents in Korea on the rise
Tourists react to a large bubble created by a street performer in Seoul.

The number of foreign nationals in Korea increased by 8.6 per cent this year from the previous year, comprising slightly over 3 per cent of the country's population, according to government data.

According to the data released by the Security Ministry, the number of foreigners here reached 1.57 million as of Jan. 1 of this year, accounting for 3.1 per cent of the country's population of 51 million.

The number of foreign residents has been on the rise for the past eight years.

A growing number of ethnic Koreans also have been applying to stay here permanently, according to the data.

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