20% rise in people moving from HK to Taiwan

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 02 December, 2019
By: Natalie Tso

Many Lennon Walls have been set up in Taiwan to show support for protesters in Hong Kong (CNA photo)

There’s been a 20% increase in the number of Hong Kong citizens becoming residents of Taiwan this year. That’s the word from Deputy Minister of the Interior Chen Tsung-yen, who was speaking at the legislature on Monday.

Chen said that 4,633 Hong Kong citizens applied to become residents of Taiwan between January and October. Of those, 4,352 have been approved. Another 1,231 applied to become permanent residents, of whom 1,189 were approved. Many are students who have decided to reside in Taiwan here after graduation.

Kuomintang lawmaker Jason Hsu asked Chen if the conditions for residency in Taiwan were too easy. Currently, Hong Kong and Macau citizens can gain residency if they submit an investment plan worth at least NT$6 million (about US$200,000), and it is approved by the Taiwan government.

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