Grandchildren of Korean War veterans playing a UN Peace Camp pose in front of a statue of Chosun-era admiral Yi Sun-shin in Gwanghwamun in Seoul on Wednesday. /Newsis
The selection of foreigners living in Korea has doubled in the decade to surpass 2 million, the Justice Ministry acknowledged Wednesday. The precisevariety of foreign citizensused to be 2,001,828 as of the finish of June this year, accounting for 3.9 % of the complete population.The number grew from 500,000 in 2000 to more than 1000000 in 2007 and surpassed 2 million any other nine years later. This is an reasonable annual enlargement rate of around 8 percent. At this rate their number is expected to surpass 3 million in 2021 or 5.8 percent of the population, upper than the present OECD average of 5.7 percent.
Some 74 percent are long-term residents who remain more 91 days. Five out of 10 are Chinese, and six out of 10 reside in Seoul or the encompassing area.The number of long-term residents has grown basically to Chinese and other foreigners locating jobs here. In 2000, there were most effective 58,984 Chinese residents, yet that has grown 14-fold to 807,076. The number of foreigners running in Korea has risen 30 times from 20,538 in 2000 to 608,867.And the number of foreigners married to Koreans has grown from 25,182 in 2001 to 151,820, whilst the number of foreign scholars rose from 4,015 to 101,601.Choi Seo-ri at the IOM Migration Studiesand coachingMiddle said, "We wish toexpand the scope of policies on foreigners, that arethese daysinterested in foreign spouses, in order thatwe willlend a handa much widerstove of folkscomply withlifestyles in Korea and straightforwardness social conflict".
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