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Most Taiwanese returnees between 25 and 45

Taipei City Government's Department of Civil Affairs (DCA) announced a recent discovery that the majority of returnees coming back to Taiwan to restore their nationality are aged between 25 and 45.

According to the DCA, most of the returnees to Taiwan in recent years do not match past stereotypes, which tend to revolve around older people wishing to return to a familiar place for their remaining years. The Overseas Community Affairs Council backs the DCA's claim, saying that there has been a steady flow of returnees coming to restore their nationalities for several years; around 70,000 returnees head back to Taiwan to restore their nationalities or to register a household for the first time each year, with the most coming from the United States. In Asia, most return from Indonesia, Japan and Vietnam.

DCA Commissioner Huang Lu Ching-ju (黃呂錦茹) noted that as many as 39,546 people restored their nationalities in 2013; with Taipei City in the lead at 13,137 people, accounting for one-third of returnees in the nation as a whole. Second on the list was New Taipei City with 8,499 and Kaohsiung with 3,859 people.

Although most returning emigrants were elderly people in the past, more recently the majority who choose to return to Taiwan are younger and many bring children born overseas back to Taiwan, said Huang Lu.

“Job industries overseas are not better than in Taiwan; and Taiwan's investment environment tends to be superior, too ... many young men have been returning to deal with their military service issues as well,” said Huang Lu.

Many of the returning emigrants are not clear on current laws regarding household registration or nationality restoration procedures; the Overseas Community Affairs Council has been working with the DCA to resolve issues and have published a reminder pamphlet for prospective emigrants in the future, said Huang Lu.

The pamphlet reminds the emigrants who wish to return to Taiwan in order to restore their nationality to apply for national health insurance, national pension, military services and individual income taxing. The first 500 returnees to restore their household registrations are each to be presented with an IC Easy Card.

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