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One out of five marriages involve non-Taiwanese

IN THE MIX A total of 8,207 couples tied the knot in Taipei between January and June, of which 1,628 involved a non-Taiwanese spouse

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Nearly one out of five marriages registered in Taipei City in the first six months of this year involved a non-Taiwanese spouse, statistics released by the city government yesterday showed.

A total of 8,207 couples tied the knot in Taipei between January and June, of which 1,628 involved a non-Taiwanese spouse. Most of them were Chinese citizens, the tallies showed.

The number of intermarriages registered in the capital city marked a 4.15 percent rise year-on-year, a city government official in charge of statistical affairs said. He also said that 91.09 percent of intermarriages registered during the six-month period involved a Chinese spouse.

Meanwhile, 592 intermarriage couples divorced during the same period, accounting for 19.19 percent of total divorced couples and marking a 2.67 percent rise from last year's level.

As of the end of June, Taipei City had 3,028 "new immigrants," which specifically refers to foreign and Chinese spouses of Taipei residents, the official said, adding that the figure represented 3.19 percent of the city's 942,000-plus households.

Among the "new immigrants," the official said, Chinese spouses accounted for 91.09 percent. In contrast, Chinese spouses accounted for only 61.66 percent of "new immigrants" in Kaohsiung.

The statistics also showed that 4,804 children born to intermarriage couples were studying at elementary schools in Taipei last academic year, accounting for 2.69 percent of the total.

The number of children from intermarriage families studying at junior high schools in Taipei totaled 1,080 during the same school year, making up a mere 1.09 percent of the total.

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