Marriage and Divorce with Foreign Spouses
The highest Korean female marriage rate with foreigners occurs in Seoul, followed by Gyeonggido and Busan. And the highest rate of Korean male marriage with foreigners occurs at Gyeonggi-do, followed by Seoul and Gyeongsangnam-do. The largest numbers of foreign male spouses are from China, followed by the US and Japan. The largest numbers of foreign female spouses are from China, followed by Vietnam and the Philippines. Marriage between Koreans and foreigners has increased until the mid-2000s. The recent trend shows a decrease. The marriage between Koreans and foreigners currently accounts for about 8.1% of the total marriages in Korea, which means that about one in ten couples who wed forms a multi-cultural family.