By: Tang Pei-chun and Lilian Wu
Taipei, April 9 (CNA) The number of Republic of China citizens who lost their nationality reached 759 last year, up 16.41 percent from the previous year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) Saturday.
The ministry said the figure represents a new high since 2011.
About 90 percent of the people, 716, gave up their ROC nationality out of their own volition, followed by 36 who lost their nationality together with their parents, and five people who had become spouses of foreigners, immigrated abroad and became citizens of other countries.
Nearly half of those who lost their ROC nationality — 336 — became nationals of South Korea. They were followed by those who became Japanese and Singaporean, at 137 for each country. The number of Taiwanese who became American nationals meanwhile reached 45 and Germans 30. [FULL STORY]