Korea’s July 2023 Domestic Migration Results: Population Movement on the Rise

The latest statistics on domestic population movement for July 2023 have been released, shedding light on the trends in internal migration within South Korea. Mr. Lee Hyun-jin, head of the Population Trends Department, shared these insights, and the report provides a comprehensive overview of the country’s population dynamics.

Here are the key findings:

  1. Total Movers: In July 2023, the number of individuals who changed their place of residence reached 482,000, marking a 4.9% increase (23,000 individuals) compared to the same month last year. This substantial rise in movement indicates changing patterns and preferences among the population.
  2. Migration Rate: The migration rate, which measures the number of movers per 100 people in the population, stands at 11.1% for July 2023. This figure reflects a 0.5 percentage point increase compared to the previous year. It underscores the dynamic nature of Korean society as more individuals opt for relocations.
  3. Interregional Migration: Among the various regions within South Korea, five regions experienced a net influx of residents during this period. Gyeonggi Province (with 3,499 new residents), Incheon (2,906), and Chungcheongnam Province (823) recorded the highest net in-migration numbers. On the other hand, twelve regions, including Seoul (-2,692 residents), Gyeongsangnam Province (-1,105), and Busan (-1,068), reported a net outflow of residents.

These statistics reflect the changing demographic landscape of South Korea, with some regions witnessing an increase in population while others experience a decline. This information is crucial for policymakers and local authorities to address the varying needs and challenges associated with population movement.