The amount of people who entered South Korea was found to have outnumbered the amount of people who left the nation.
According to Statistics Korea on Thursday, the number of international migrants amounted to roughly one-point-35 million last year. That's up three-point-six percent from 2015.
International migrants refers to people who entered or left South Korea for periods exceeding 90 days.
Out of total international migrants, 714-thousand entered and 639-thousand departed South Korea. The number of those who entered the nation jumped four-point-four percent from 2015 and those who left climbed two-point-six percent.
The statistics agency said that 402-thousand foreigners entered South Korea in 2016, up nearly eight percent while 325-thousand foreigners left the nation, up eight percent.
Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and Americans accounted for more than 63 percent of all foreigners who entered South Korea.
Nearly 32 percent of foreigners came to South Korea for employment, 30 percent for a short-term stay and around 13 percent for studies.
Source: KBS World Radio