Majority of naturalized foreign spouses from Vietnam: MOI
CNATAIPEI, Taiwan -- Nearly 5,600 people obtained Republic of China nationality last year, most of whom were naturalized because they are spouses of Taiwanese nationals, the Ministry of the Interior said Saturday.
March 3, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Among them, some 77 percent were originally from Vietnam, the ministry said.
Ministry statistics show that 5,597 people obtained ROC citizenship in 2012, down 326, or 5.5 percent, from the previous year, mainly because the number of interracial marriages has declined since 2005.
This has led in turn to a decline in the number of foreign spouses seeking naturalization over the past few years.
The ratio of foreign spouses naturalized also dropped from a peak of 99.3 percent of the total number of naturalizations in 2005 to 94.9 percent in 2012.
The statistics show that those who obtained ROC nationality last year were mainly women, accounting for 96.8 percent, with spouses of Taiwanese nationals accounting for 94.9 percent.
The original nationality of the naturalized spouses was mostly Vietnamese, accounting for 76.6 percent.
The ministry said that 85,887 people have obtained ROC nationality over the past decade.
The statistics also show that 722 people lost their ROC nationality last year, down 18 from the previous year.
The reason for losing nationality was mainly because of voluntary renunciation, at 81.2 percent.
The percentage of local people who gave up their ROC nationality to obtain Japanese nationality was the largest at 37.4 percent, followed by South Korean (26.3 percent) and Singaporean (21.1 percent).