In the pandemic last year, South Korea saw an unprecedented decline in its foreign residents and an even higher number of its citizens returning from overseas.
According to Statistics Korea, there was an exodus of 130-thousand foreigners who'd been staying long-term, that is, longer than 90 days.
It was also the first time in 11 years that the outflow of foreigners surpassed the inflow.
At the same time, the number of Korean nationals returning to the country during the same period jumped 41 percent to surpass 240-thousand.
The agency said a large portion of those were Korean students and people employed abroad.