S. Korea sees reduced foreign population growth: report

15:56, June 11, 2010      

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The number of foreign residents in South Korea, which had grown in the 20 percent range annually, posted a drastic drop to growth in the two percent range for the first time, a government report said Friday.

According to an annual report on foreign residents released by the Ministry of Public Administration and Safety, foreigners staying in South Korea amounted to 1,139,283 as of January 1 this year, taking up 2.3 percent of the nation's total population.

The figure posted a 2.9 percent increase from the number reported last year.

The decline of growth in the number of foreign residents was attributable to the falling influx of foreign immigrant workers in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. The shrinking number of immigrants who came to South Korea for marriage purposes also contributed to the reduced growth.

Foreign immigrant workers displayed a 3 percent drop compared with 2009 while marriage-based immigrants saw a 0.5 percent fall.



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