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Int'l migrant numbers hit record high in 2017

2018/07/12 12:00

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SEJONG, July 12 (Yonhap) -- The number of South Koreans going overseas and foreigners on extended stays in the country reached record high levels last year thanks to a rise in more inbound travelers, a government report showed Thursday.

The number of international migrants, referring to those who stay in South Korea or go abroad for 90 days or more, stood at a record 1.41 million people in 2017, up 4.2 percent, or 57,000, from a year earlier, according to the report compiled by Statistics Korea.

The number calculates both foreigners and South Korean nationals, and excludes short-term visitors.

A total of 651,000 people left the country last year, up 2 percent from a year ago, marking the largest figure since 2000, while the number of entrants also increased 6.2 percent on-year to a record 758,000.

The number of South Korean-passport holders who returned home dipped 2 percent on-year in 2017.

Some 157,000 Chinese people made up the largest group of international immigrants to the country, followed by 72,000 Taiwanese and 48,000 Vietnamese, the latest report showed.

The terminal of Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, is crowded with outbound travelers on April 27, 2017, in this file photo. (Yonhap) The terminal of Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, is crowded with outbound travelers on April 27, 2017, in this file photo. (Yonhap)

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