The Korea Herald


[Graphic News] Number of naturalized S. Koreans nears 190,000 over last 70 years

By Nam Kyung-don

Published : Jan. 1, 2019 - 17:46

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Nearly 190,000 foreign nationals have become naturalized South Korean citizens over the past seven decades, government data showed.

The Ministry of Justice said the number of people naturalized here since the enactment of the Nationality Act on Dec. 20, 1948, reached 189,193 as of the end of November.

The nation’s first naturalization occurred on Feb. 8, 1957, when a then Taiwanese citizen who changed his name to Son Il-seung acquired South Korean nationality.