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Basic Status of Marriage Immigrants

Marriage Immigrants & Mixed Children of Unmarried Foreigners · Naturalization Status (As of Jan 1, 2015, The Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs)

1) Gender

2) Current Citizenship Status

(Unit : 1 Person)

Division Males Females Total
Those without citizenship 22,309 125,073 147,382
Those with citizenship 29,346 128,718 158,064
Total 305,446

※ Source: The Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs, ("2015 Local Government Foreign Resident Status" survey results)

※ According to an amendment of the Multicultural Family Support Act (revised April 4, 2011 and enacted on October 5, 2011), those who have obtained citizenship other than through marriage are still considered multicultural families (as of 2012)

Status by Region and Birth Citizenship (as of Jan 1, 2015, The Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs)

1) Status by Citizenship at Birth

(Unit: 1 person)

Division Whole Males Females
Citizenship at Birth 305,446 51,655 253,791
China (Joseon-jok) 98,037 24,974 73,063
China 81,010 12,684 68,326
Vietnam 58,761 711 58,050
Philippines 17,353 520 16,833
Japan 13,239 1,425 11,814
Cambodia 6,468 29 6,439
Mongolia 3,305 177 3,128
Thailand 3,208 106 3,102
USA 3,473 2,564 909
Russia 1,898 212 1,686
Taiwan 3,170 1,156 2,014
Other 15,524 7,097 8,427
2) Status by Region

(Unit: 1 person)

Division Whole Males Females
Nationwide 305,446 51,655 253,791
Seoul 74,629 19,791 54,838
Busan 11,720 1,368 10,352
Daegu 7,827 871 6,956
Incheon 19,397 3,554 15,843
Gwangju 5,540 447 5,093
Daejeon 5,750 644 5,106
Ulsan 5,750 709 5,041
Sejong 741 74 667
Gyeonggi 89,877 17,999 71,878
Gangwon 6,697 421 6,276
Chungbuk 8,736 808 7,928
Chungnam 14,019 1,373 12,646
Jeonbuk 10,291 517 9,774
Jeonnam 11,316 401 10,915
Gyeongbuk 13,045 867 12,178
Gyeongnam 16,836 1,405 15,431
Jeju 3,275 406 2,869

※ Source: The Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs, ("2015 Local Government Foreign Resident Status" survey results)

※ Other: Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, etc.

Children Status of Marriage Immigrants

Status of Children of Marriage Immigrants and Naturalized Citizens (as of Jan 1, 2015, The Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs)

1) By Age

2) Status by Birth Citizenship of Parents

(Unit: 1 person)

Division Total Ages 6 and younger Ages 7-12 Ages 13-15 Ages 16-18
Total 207,693 117,877 56,108 18,827 14,881
China (Joseon-jok) 39,160 15,215 13,491 5,690 4,764
China 42,791 22,822 12,548 3,937 3,484
Vietnam 57,856 44,507 11,087 1,095 1,167
Philippines 20,584 11,090 6,294 2,274 926
Japan 17,195 5,248 5,244 3,776 2,927
Cambodia 7,343 6,500 555 162 126
Mongolia 2,911 1,710 929 149 123
Thailand 2,810 1,215 1,129 313 153
USA 1,888 1,227 454 118 89
Russia 1,304 573 550 94 87
Taiwan 1,985 752 524 348 361
Other 11,866 7,018 3,303 871 674
3) Status by Region

(Unit: 1 person)

Division Total Ages 6 and younger Ages 7-12 Ages 13-15 Ages 16-18
Nationwide 207,693 117,877 56,108 18,827 14,881
Seoul 29,790 15,631 8,931 2,969 2,259
Busan 9,142 5,579 2,196 725 642
Daegu 6,369 3,844 1,582 499 444
Incheon 12,334 6,649 3,544 1,209 932
Gwangju 5,067 3,115 1,284 389 277
Daejeon 4,734 2,814 1,219 367 334
Ulsan 4,559 2,767 1,122 359 311
Sejong 726 438 183 55 50
Gyeonggi 52,810 28,807 15,028 4,997 3,983
Gangwon 7,015 3,663 1,919 792 641
Chungbuk 7,868 4,464 2,108 710 586
Chungnam 12,341 7,156 3,232 1,071 882
Jeonbuk 10,820 6,269 2,774 1,008 769
Jeonnam 13,086 7,607 3,330 1,291 858
Gyeongbuk 12,712 7,741 3,210 974 787
Gyeongnam 15,498 9,442 3,840 1,224 992
Jeju 2,817 1,889 606 188 134

Current Status of International Marriage

International marriage – Trends and Characteristics of Marriages with a Foreign Spouse (as of April 2016, National Statistics Office)

1) Cases of Marriages with a Foreigner

(Unit: Thousand of cases, %)

Division Total marriages Marriage with a foreigner Korean Man + Foreign Woman Korean Woman + Foreign Man
2005 314.3 42.4 30.7 11.6
2006 330.6 38.8 29.7 9.1
2007 343.6 37.6 28.6 9.0
2008 327.7 36.2 28.2 8.0
2009 309.8 33.3 25.1 8.2
2010 326.1 34.2 26.3 8.0
2011 329.1 29.8 22.3 7.5
2012 327.1 28.3 20.6 7.7
2013 322.8 26.0 18.3 7.7
2014 305.5 23.3 16.2 7.2
2015 302.8 21.3 14.7 6.6

※ Source: "Marriage and Divorce Data of 2015" from Statistics Korea, April 2016

2) Status of Marriages with a Foreigner by Foreigner's Birth Citizenship (Korean Man + Foreign Woman)

(Unit: Case, %)

Division 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Composition On-year/increase rate
Korean Man+
Foreign Woman
30,719 29,665 28,580 28,163 25,142 26,274 22,265 20,637 18,307 16,152 14,677 100 -9.1
China 20,582 14,566 14,484 13,203 11,364 9,623 7,549 7,036 6,058 5,485 4,545 31.0 -17.1
Vietnam 5,822 10,128 6,610 8,282 7,249 9,623 7,636 6,586 5,770 4,743 4,651 31.7 -1.9
Japan 883 1,045 1,206 1,162 1,140 1,193 1,124 1,309 1,218 1,345 1,030 7.0 -23.4
Philippines 980 1,117 1,497 1,857 1,643 1,906 2,072 2,216 1,692 1,130 1,006 6.9 -11.0
USA 285 331 376 344 416 428 507 526 637 636 577 3.9 -9.3
Cambodia 157 394 1,804 659 851 1,205 961 525 735 564 524 3.6 -7.1
Thailand 266 271 524 633 496 438 354 323 291 439 543 3.7 23.7
Other 1,744 1,813 2,079 2,023 1,983 1,858 2,062 2,116 1,906 1,810 1,801 12.3 -0.5

※ Source: "Marriage and Divorce Data of 2015" from Statistics Korea, April 2016

3) Status of Marriages with Foreigners by Foreigner's Birth Citizenship (Korean Woman + Foreign Man)

(Unit: Case, %)

Division 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Composition On-year/increase rate
Korean Woman+
Foreign Man
11,637 9,064 8,980 8,041 8,158 7,961 7,497 7,688 7,656 7,164 6,597 100 -7.9
USA 1,392 1,443 1,334 1,347 1,312 1,516 1,632 1,593 1,755 1,748 1,612 24.4 -7.8
China 5,037 2,589 2,486 2,101 2,617 2,293 1,869 1,997 1,727 1,579 1,434 21.7 -9.2
Japan 3,423 3,412 3,349 2,743 2,422 2,090 1,709 1,582 1,366 1,176 808 12.2 -31.3
Canada 283 309 374 371 332 403 448 505 475 481 465 7.0 -3.3
Vietnam 28 47 61 61 49 67 93 180 279 283 432 6.5 52.7
Australia 101 137 158 164 159 194 216 220 308 249 254 3.9 2.0
Other 1,373 1,159 1,218 1,254 1,267 1,398 1,530 1,611 1,746 1,648 1,592 24.1 -3.4

※ Source: "Marriage and Divorce Data of 2015" from Statistics Korea, April 2016

Divorce Status of International Marriage Couples

Status of Divorces between Korean and Foreign Spouses (April 2016, National Statistics Office)

1) Divorce between Korean and Foreign Spouses

(Unit: Thousand of cases, %)

Division Total Number of Divorces Divorces with Foreign Spouses Korean Man + Foreign Woman Korean Woman + Foreign Man
2005 128.0 4.2 2.4 1.8
2006 124.5 6.1 3.9 2.2
2007 124.1 8.3 5.6 2.7
2008 116.5 11.0 7.9 3.1
2009 124.0 11.5 8.2 3.2
2010 116.9 11.1 7.9 3.2
2011 114.3 11.5 8.3 3.1
2012 114.3 10.9 7.9 3.0
2013 115.3 10.5 7.6 2.9
2014 115.5 9.8 7.0 2.8
2015 109.2 8.2 5.7 2.5
Composition 100.0 7.5 5.3 2.3
On-year/increase ratea -5.5 -15.6 -17.9 -9.5

※ Source: "Marriage and Divorce Data of 2015" from Statistics Korea, April 2016

※ According to the public announcement made in 2011, materials for statistics of divorce from foreigners (2007-2011) were retroactively modified to exclude residents of North Korea and divorces among North Korean defectors.

2) Divorces between Korean and Foreign Spouses by Foreigner's Citizenship at Birth (Korean Man + Foreign Woman)

(Unit: Case, %)

Division 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Composition On-year/increase rate
Korean Man+
Foreign Woman
2,382 3,933 5,609 7,901 8,246 7,852 8,349 7,878 7,588 6,998 5,743 100.0 -17.9
China 1,425 2,538 3,654 5,398 5,562 4,705 4,783 4,204 3,797 3,402 2,830 49.3 -16.8
Vietnam 289 610 895 1,078 1,292 1,552 1,931 1,992 2,057 1,821 1,480 25.8 -18.7
Philippines 140 165 213 268 285 299 328 395 435 449 366 6.4 -18.5
Japan 116 147 157 205 227 259 292 254 259 290 235 4.1 -19.0
Cambodia 6 19 99 178 109 167 192 180 152 155 137 2.4 -11.6
USA 61 73 71 95 94 107 85 105 114 117 107 1.9 -8.5
Uzbekistan 75 105 112 160 174 174 133 141 158 169 102 1.8 -39.6
Other 270 276 408 519 503 589 605 607 616 595 486 8.5 -18.3

※ Including overseas

※ Source: "Marriage and Divorce Data of 2015" from Statistics Korea, April 2016

3) Divorces between Korean and Foreign Spouses by Foreigner's Citizenship at Birth (Korean Woman + Foreign Man)

(Unit: Case, %)

Division 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Composition On-year/increase rate
Korean Woman+
Foreign Man
1,789 2,203 2,685 3,079 3,227 3,236 3,146 3,009 2,892 2,756 2,494 100.0 -9.5
China 123 319 647 1,041 1,064 1,025 1,139 1,051 1,080 1,025 992 39.8 -3.2
Japan 1,306 1,466 1,587 1,556 1,628 1,638 1,466 1,396 1,196 1,108 893 35.8 -19.4
USA 217 235 257 238 263 277 240 233 249 250 230 9.2 -8.0
Pakistan 25 33 35 32 35 38 51 49 55 54 54 2.2 0.0
Vietnam 0 0 9 5 16 18 17 18 19 25 36 1.4 44.0
Canada 21 29 24 34 29 43 32 52 48 54 32 1.3 -40.7
Other 97 121 126 173 192 197 201 210 245 240 257 10.3 7.1

※ Including overseas

※ Source: "Marriage and Divorce Data of 2015" from Statistics Korea, April 2016