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Number of mixed marriages rose sharply this year

CNA , Taipei

The number of marriages involving brides from China in the first five months of this year was up sharply from the year-earlier level, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) said yesterday.

According to DGBAS tallies, one out of every 4.9 marriages during the January-May period were intermarriages, with Chinese brides making up the lion's share of foreign spouses.

A total of 62,089 couples got married between January and May, DGBAS officials said, adding that the figure marked a 2 percent decline from the year-earlier level.

Among the new foreign spouses, Chinese nationals accounted for 5,737 and those from other countries totaled 6,845. The number of Chinese brides rose 56.3 percent from the figure for the same period last year.

During the five-month period, 24,225 married couples divorced, down 5.9 percent from the year-earlier level. One out of every 5.5 of these divorces were from intermarriages. Among the divorced, 2,876 were Chinese citizens (including those from Hong Kong and Macau) and 1,548 were from other foreign countries.

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