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Immigrant Labor Force in South Korea 2022

Highlights:

  1. The number of de jure foreigners was 1.302 million persons in 2022, which dropped by 30 thousand persons from 2021.

  2. The number of employed foreigners was 843 thousand persons in 2022, which fell by 12 thousand persons from 2021.

  3. The employment-population ratio of foreigners stood at 64.8% in 2022, up 0.6%p from 2021.

  4. The number of unemployed foreigners was 37 thousand persons in 2022, which fell by 18 thousand persons in 2021.

  5. The number of employed naturalized Koreans was 34 thousand persons in 2022, a rise of 3 thousand persons from 2021.

  6. The employment-population ratio of naturalized Koreans stood at 65.3% in 2022, up 1.7%p from 2021.

Synopsis:


In 2022, the number of de jure foreigners aged 15 or more in Korea was 1.3 million persons, which dropped by 2.2% from 2021. In relation to foreigners by nationality, Chinese nationals increased by 3 thousand persons (+2.5%) whereas Korean-Chinese nationals and Vietnamese nationals decreased by 33 thousand persons (-6.4%) and 7 thousand persons (-3.8) respectively. By status of sojourn, 'Student' and 'Professional Employment' increased by 19 thousand persons (+13.4%) and 2 thousand persons (+4.3%) respectively. 'Work and Visit' and 'Non-Professional Employment' decreased by 26 thousand persons (-21.4%) and 7 thousand persons (-3.3%) respectively.



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