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Class offered for would-be Indonesian spouses to Taiwan

Class offered for would-be Indonesian spouses to Taiwan

Jakarta, July 31 (CNA) Due to rapid growth in interracial marriages between Taiwanese men and Indonesian women, Taiwan's representative office here is offering a weekly class to help would-be Indonesian spouses better adapt to their new life in Taiwan.
Chang Liang-jen, Taiwan's envoy to Indonesia, said the number of Taiwan-Indonesia marriages has been on the rise, which indicates ever increasing relations between the two countries.
To help Indonesian spouses blend into Taiwanese life and culture, the class offered by the Taipei Economic and Trade Office (TECO) Jakarta aims to help them gain an understanding of Taiwan before they enter the country.
"We hope that Indonesian spouses can form happy families in Taiwan and contribute to Taiwan's multi-faceted society," Chang said.
By watching films, participating in group discussions and exchanging opinions, the class provides useful tips and key information about different aspects of life in Taiwan, he said.
They range from immigration and national health insurance laws to counseling services aimed at helping them resolve problems that they may encounter there, he added.
During the first half of this year, a total of 310 Indonesian spouses attended the class, a sharp rise from the 215 a year ago, the TECO Jakarta said.
According to government statistics, Taiwan has seen over 36,000 marriages between Taiwanese and Indonesian nationals as of the end of June. Among them, 28,191 Indonesian spouses have naturalized as Taiwanese, a figure that was behind just the number of spouses from China (including Hong Kong and Macau) and Vietnam who have become Republic of China citizens.
(By Jay Chou and Flor Wang)


Updated : 2021-09-23 13:19 GMT+08:00