A council member in New Taipei City is demanding that stateless children can receive compulsory education
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A local media report disclosing the outrageous number of
stateless children born in Taiwan as well as their dire conditions is drawing attention nationwide. The country’s Ministry of Interior dismissed the report and said that the actual number of stateless children is 543, instead of the 20,000 as stated by a Mirror Media story, as of the end of August.
The ministry said that the stateless children in the country can be attributed to the situations as follows: the whereabouts of a child’s father is unknown while the child’s mother is a foreigner but has left the country or has been deported to her home country. In this case, the stateless child still has a chance to acquire a nationality with the assistance of the local government’s social welfare department by seeking adoptive parents and naturalization afterwards. [FULL STORY]