According to the Ministry of Justice, one out of 10 foreigners staying in South Korea are doing so illegally. The Ministry put the number of illegal aliens at 211,320, which is 10.5 percent of the total number of foreigners here as of the end of January.
That is up 1.1 percent from the previous month the Ministry said.
Over the years the number has varied with the highest recorded number of people staying without a visa hitting 223,464 in 2007 while dropping as low as 177,955 in 2009. It has averaged around 200,000 since 2014.
The report added that 50.8 percent of foreigners living in South Korea are Chinese nationals, followed by 7.4 percent Vietnamese and 6.8 percent from the U.S.