TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The number of Taiwanese who married foreigners decreased by 50.1 percent last year, according to the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).
The DGBAS said the total number of marriages in 2020 was 122,000 — down 13,000, or 9.5 percent, from the previous year.
The data also showed that only 11,000 Taiwanese married foreigners in 2020, a 50.1-percent decrease year over year. The drastic decrease in international marriages is supposedly due to the tight international border controls driven by the pandemic, according to CNA.
Of the 11,000 international marriages, Chinese spouses (including those from Hong Kong and Macau) accounted for the most at 30.3 percent, followed by Vietnamese spouses at 27.3 percent, Japanese spouses at 7.4 percent, and U.S. spouses at 7.1 percent. Spouses from these four countries accounted for 72.1 percent of all international marriages in the country last year.
The number of Chinese spouses decreased by 61.5 percent in 2020, accounting for the largest change, while the number of Americans marrying Taiwanese nationals was the most stable data point, dropping by only 0.9 percent.
New Taipei saw the most international marriages in 2020, accounting for 19.7 percent of the nation’s total, followed by Taipei with 14.1 percent, and Taoyuan and Taichung with 11.4 percent each, per CNA. Altogether, the six special municipalities accounted for more than 70 percent of international marriages.
With regard to the sex of international spouses, foreign husbands in Taipei outnumbered foreign wives by only 56, while foreign wives outnumbered foreign husbands in the six special municipalities.