New data has found that the number of foreigners illegally residing in South Korea surged 27 percent in the past six years.
The data was unveiled on Thursday by main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea lawmaker Cho Eung-cheon. Cho, who is a member of the National Assembly’s Legislation and Judiciary Committee, acquired the data from the Justice Ministry.
According to the data, the total foreign population in the nation stood at some two million as of July. Out of that total, roughly 213-thousand were undocumented aliens, up some 27 percent from 2011.
The percentage of such immigrants out of the nation’s total foreign population has been falling slightly every year since standing at 12 percent in 2011. This year, the percentage amounted to ten-and-a-half percent.
A Justice Ministry official said that though the number of undocumented aliens has been growing every year, the percentage of such immigrants out of the total foreign population slipped as the overall number of foreign immigrants grew sharply.
The number of foreigners who entered South Korea without a visa and became undocumented immigrants amounted to about 20-thousand-500 as of July.