More than 3,000 Vietnamese, Filipinos, and Indonesians became Taiwanese in 2019

Taiwanese spouses main reason for changing nationality

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/05/02
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

File photo of Vietnamese women in Taiwan  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — According to Ministry of Interior statistics released Saturday (May 2), a total of 3,438 foreign nationals obtained Taiwanese citizenship in 2019, with the vast majority coming from the Southeast Asian nations of Vietnam, the Philippines, and Indonesia.

A total proportion of 86.1 percent mentioned their spouse was Taiwanese as the reason for their change of nationality, with 3.84 percent children of a Taiwanese parent, CNA reported.

The total amounted to a drop of 114 compared to the year 2018. While more than half the new Taiwanese, or 2,325, came from Vietnam, their number fell by 152 compared to the previous year, the largest reduction for any nationality, the data showed.

The Vietnamese were followed by the Filipinos, with 362 acquiring a Taiwanese passport, and the Indonesians, totaling 350. Southeast Asians occupied a share of 95.84 percent or 3,295 people of all those becoming Taiwanese last year.    [FULL  STORY]

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