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The foreign-born population in the Republic of Korea (ROK) has sharply risen since 1990s. As of December 2015, the Ministry of Justice recorded 1,899,519 foreign-born persons residing in ROK, such as migrant workers, marriage migrants, international students, business owners, etc. Currently, more than three percent of residents in ROK come from abroad, and by 2020, they are expected to constitute about five percent of the total population.

A country with the lowest birth rate (1.19) and the fastest ageing population among all OECD countries, ROK is expected to experience labor force decline from 2017. Experts have advised that continued and increased migration is a viable way to maintain an adequate labor force and economic growth.

Population (2015 est):51,529,338
Area:99,720 km sq
Languages :Korean
Currency:Korean Won (KRW)
GDP (PPP) Total (2015 est):USD 1.849 trillion (13th)
GDP per Capita PPP (2015 est):USD 36,528
HDI Rank (2014):17 of 188
Remittances (2014 estimate):USD 6,481 million
Net Migration Rate (2015-2020):0.8 migrants/1,000 population
Immigrants (2015)2.6%
Women as a Percentage of Immigrants (2010):43.9%
Population under 15 (2015):14.0%
Adult HIV Prevalence (2014):not available

International Organization for Migration (IOM)
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Seoul, Republic of Korea

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