Korea has accepted 320 refugees since it joined the United National Refugee Convention in 1992, the Justice Ministry said Sunday.
Last year, 60 people including 18 from Myanmar and 16 from Bangladesh were granted refugee status, an 18-person increase from 2011.
The number of applicants totaled 5,069 during the 20 years, including 1,143 last year. Of them, 2,412 were rejected.
The nation allowed 171 to stay for humanitarian and political reasons, it said.
By Kim Young-won (firstname.lastname@example.org