Taipei--The majority of people who became naturalized citizens of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in 2016 were spouses of ROC citizens, with nearly 70 percent coming from Vietnam, according to government statistics released Saturday.
Last year, 3,252 people were naturalized as ROC citizens, a decrease of 360, or 10 percent, from 2015, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said.
The drop reflected the decline beginning in 2005 in the number of international marriages, the ministry said. It is believed that as the economies of Southeast Asia and mainland China continue to grow, fewer women from those countries choose to leave their home country to marry abroad, including to Taiwanese men.
A total of 93.8 percent of the newly naturalized citizens last year were women, 90.7 percent were married to ROC citizens, and 68.5 percent were from Vietnam, the ministry said.
At the same time, 623 Taiwanese people gave up their ROC citizenship, 94.7 percent of whom did so voluntarily, according to the ministry.
Among those who voluntarily gave up their ROC citizenship, 34.3 percent took up South Korean citizenship, 23.3 percent became naturalized Japanese and 18.1 percent became citizens of Singapore, the ministry said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel