TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The number of foreign spouses of Taiwanese nationals from Southeast Asian countries surpassed those from China for the first time last year, according to the latest data released by Ministry of the Interior (MOI).
Among the 138,034 couples tying the knot in the country in 2017, 15.3 percent were transnational marriages, a record high in six years.
A detailed breakdown of the statistics indicates that there were 8,569 spouses with Southeast Asian nationalities, accounting for the lion’s share of 40.6 percent and for the first time since 2005 exceeding the number of spouses coming from China at 7,634, or 36.19 percent.
The number of foreign spouses from other areas stood at 3,578, or 16.96 percent, while those from Hong Kong and Macao combined totaled 1,316, or 6.24 percent.
Taking a closer look at the data, excluding those coming from China, Hong Kong, and Macao, Vietnamese spouses topped the chart with the highest foreign spouse population last year with 6,076, followed by Japanese (952) and Indonesian (807) spouses, reports CNA.
In terms of gender, the gap is gradually closing between male and female foreign spouses, according to MOI statistics, with the former making up 25.14 percent and the latter 74.86 percent in 2017.