According to the 2010 national census, foreigners who lived more than three months in the country numbered 590-thousand last year, which is up 148 percent from five years ago.
National diversity is also spreading in the nation. In South Korea 90 different countries are represented by at least 30 people.
China makes up the largest foreign population at 51 percent or 299-thousand. It is followed by Vietnam at ten percent and the United States at seven percent. Filipino, Indonesian, Japanese and Thai people also make up a large portion of the foreign population.