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Taiwan continues to see migration to northern part of the country

Taiwan continues to see migration to northern part of the country

Taipei, Jan. 10 (CNA) Taiwan has seen a net migration of people to the northern half of the country since 2009, but the trend is on the wane, according to the latest migration statistics released by the Ministry of the Interior on Saturday. Northern Taiwan has seen a net population inflow of 140,000 people over the past six years, while central, southern and eastern Taiwan have all experienced net outflows, the statistics showed.
Taoyuan, New Taipei and Taipei were among the areas registering the greatest number of people moving in, while Changhua in central Taiwan and Pingtung in southern Taiwan saw the biggest declines in population over that time. The net flow of people northward slowed further, however, in 2014, when only a net 13,000 people moved to northern Taiwan, compared with 15,000 in 2013 and 21,000 in 2012. During the year, Taoyuan led all cities and counties last year with a net population inflow of 8,799 people, followed by Taichung in central Taiwan at 7,948 people and the outlying Kinmen County at 6,150 people. The areas that saw the biggest net population outflows were Changhua County at 6,808 people, New Taipei at 4,780 people and Kaohsiung at 3,123 people, the statistics showed. The biggest curiosity in the figures was the continuing popularity of Taiwan's sparsely populated outlying Kinmen and Matsu islands, which saw a net inflow of 6,381 people last year and 41,145 people from 2009 to 2014. Financial and social welfare incentives offered by the Kinmen County government to residents were key factors in the migration to the island, the ministry said. A total of 1.72 million people changing their residence in Taiwan last year, 2.5 percent more than a year earlier, the ministry said. About 72 percent of Taiwan's total population resides in the country's six major metropolitan areas --Taipei, New Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taichung, Taoyuan and Tainan -- according to the latest figures. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-26 17:35 GMT+08:00