Date: Nov 17, 2015
By: Chung Li-hua and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer
The National Immigration Agency’s (NIA) plan to replenish Taiwan’s younger generation with Chinese immigrants is absurd, Taiwan Solidarity Union Legislator Lai Cheng-chang (賴振昌) said yesterday.
Lai made the comments in response to an NIA immigration law draft proposal titled “draft amendment for the tabulation of the quota for the residency or permanent residency of Mainland-area peoples in Taiwan through family,” which would increase the number of Chinese minors, those younger than 20, granted resident status in Taiwan.
Its statement of purpose said: “The amendments to the quota tabulation is proposed because the trend toward smaller family size has caused a decline in the youth population, while relaxing restrictions could replenish the youth population, increase the size of the working-age population, protect their right to family (家庭團聚權), replenish the youth demography … and ameliorate population aging.”
The draft amendment would increase the yearly residency quota for children of legal Chinese residents in Taiwan — a path to residency status that does not require a parent to be married to a Taiwanese national — from 180 to 300. [FULL STORY]