SEJONG, Dec. 12 (Korea Bizwire) – The number of foreign residents in South Korea has more than doubled over the past decade, topping the 2 million mark in 2016, but multicultural marriages have dropped sharply, government data showed Tuesday.
The number of non-Korean citizens totaled some 2.05 million as of end-December 2016, according to the data compiled by Statistics Korea.
Their portion roughly accounted for 4 percent of the entire population.
Of the 2.05 million foreigners, the number of Vietnamese nationals came to some 150,000 in 2016, the second highest after China and replacing that of the United States for the first time. American nationals came in third with some 140,000.
China accounted for nearly half of the foreign residents, with the number coming in at 1.01 million.