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Number of foreign residents in Taiwan declines

Number of foreign residents in Taiwan declines

Taipei, Jan. 29 (CNA) The number of foreign residents in Taiwan declined last year as compared with 2008, mainly because of a drop in the number of foreign workers in the manufacturing sector, according to official statistics released Friday.
The tallies compiled by the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) showed that there were 552,792 foreign residents in Taiwan at the end of 2009, down 6,508 from the previous year.
Among them, the number of foreign laborers decreased 14,044 year-on-year, with the biggest drop recorded in the manufacturing sector amid a global economic downturn, an MOI official said.
The number of foreign spouses also decreased by 4,485, as many of them have obtained Taiwan nationality, the official said.
In terms of status, the majority of foreign residents in Taiwan were migrant workers, totaling 351,016 or 63.5 percent of overall foreign population. Foreign spouses who have not yet acquired Taiwan nationality were the second-largest group, numbering 51,758, or 9.36 percent of the total.
Most foreign residents, particularly migrant workers and foreign spouses, lived in Taoyuan County, Taipei County and Taipei City.
Indonesians were the largest national group in Taiwan, accounting for 154,159 or 27.89 percent of the total; followed by Vietnamese nationals, 125,418 or 22.69 percent; and Philippine citizens, 75,086 or 13.58 percent.
Compared with 2008, the number of Thai citizens decreased by 10,947, while the number of Indonesians increased 10,254.
Some 83.38 percent of foreign residents held resident visas; 15.31 percent were on visitor visas; and 1.31 percent on other forms of visas.
In comparison with the 2008 figures, the number of those holding resident visas dipped 2.2 percent, while the number of those on visitor visas spiked 4.68 percent.
As of the end of 2009, 84,619 foreigners were studying in Taiwan on visitor visas, with Japanese accounting for 21.72 percent of the total, followed by Americans who made up 21.38 percent and Malaysians 7.95 percent.
(By Hsieh Chia-chen and Sofia Wu)




Updated : 2021-07-31 23:49 GMT+08:00