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More single men than women in Taiwan: Interior ministry

More single men than women in Taiwan: Interior ministry

Taipei, March 23 (CNA) Taiwan has more single men than women, statistics from the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) revealed Friday, amid concerns voiced by a lawmaker that single Taiwanese women are facing competition from foreign nationals. The issue came to the fore after People's First Party (PFP) Legislator Chang Show-foong commented Thursday that "men are developing the strange habit of marrying foreigners instead of single Taiwanese women." However, MOI statistics for 2011 showed that there were 2.70 million single men aged 20-49, while the number of single women was 2.17 million in that age group. In the 35-49 age bracket, the number of unmarried men was 572,074, while the figure for women was 445,485, the statistics showed. In 2010, 50.9 percent of Taiwan's women aged between 20-49 were married, compared with 44.3 percent of men in the same age group, MOI figures showed. The influence of Western and global values has changed modern Taiwanese people's perspective on marriage and is one of the main reasons behind the surplus of single men in the country, said Hsieh Ai-ling, director of the MOI's Department of Household Registration, Friday. Moreover, single men these days tend to value their personal freedom and desires more, Hsieh said. Another factor is that the busy lifestyle of young people today makes it difficult for them to meet new friends, she said. As of February this year, the number of foreign spouses in Taiwan was 461,121, with most of them being women, according to MOI statistics. Of the 309,967 spouses from China, some 93 percent were women, the figures showed. (By Tsai He-ying and C.J. Lin)


Updated : 2021-10-21 18:53 GMT+08:00