The South Korean Government has revealed that there are about 370,000 illegal immigrants in the country, Thailand takes the grand prize-winning as No.1 most illegal immigrants in South Korea.

The South Korean Ministry of Justice has revealed the official number of illegal immigrants living and working in South Korea, an exact count of 370,889 illegal immigrants. This makes up 15% of all foreigners living in South Korea. It is well known amongst Thai citizens that many Thai’s choose to enter South Korea by using a travel visa, abusing the visa on arrival system. Instead of traveling to visit the country, these people will stay for months or even years working with jobs that are not out in the open public.

Even other Thai’s despise these groups of people and refer to them as “Little ghosts”. There are 2 main reasons why, the first is when the little ghosts become sick or need financial help in South Korea, many will post their stories online with hopes to raise money from other Thai Netizens using sad stories about how they had to go work illegally in Korea for their children and their family. The last option is to raise money so they can return to Thailand. The other reason is that there are so many little ghosts attempting to enter Korea, the Korean immigration has to be extremely strict, making it hard for actual Thai tourists to enter the country because of the reputation left behind by the little ghosts.

Thailand takes the prize! Illigal workers in S.Korea.
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The popular option of travel for little ghosts is by tour. They will buy a seat on the tour company but disappear after arriving in South Korea, it is not a surprise if the tour group ends up having 2 people or less after leaving the airport in South Korea.

Out of 370,889 illegal immigration in South Korea, over 140,000 are Thai citizens. The number was calculated in July of this year, which is double the amount of illegal Thai’s working in Korea counted in 2015. One of the main reasons for the high number of illegal immigration in South Korea is due to the South Korean government expanding a visa exemption period when the Olympic Winter Games took place in Pyeongchang during February of 2018.

Thailand takes the prize! Illigal workers in S.Korea.
Credit: Sanook

FB Caption: Out of 370,889 illegal immigration in South Korea, over 140,000 are Thai citizens.

Source: Sanook, ThaiQuote

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