The divorce rate for marriages between Taiwanese and foreign nationals was 3.6 times higher last year than for marriages between Taiwanese, according to statistics published by the Ministry of the Interior yesterday.
The data showed the national divorce rate was 10.7 couples per thousand, but Taiwanese couples split up at the rate of 8.7 per 1,000 couples versus 31.5 per 1,000 for marriages involving foreigners.
The divorce rate for marriages between two Taiwanese and between a Taiwanese and Chinese national has fallen slightly in recent years, but the rate for unions between Taiwanese and Southeast Asians has risen.
The number of Taiwanese-Chinese couples divorcing decreased from 38.4 couples per 1,000 in 2005 to 28.9 couples last year, while the divorce rate for all-Taiwanese couples fell from 10.3 to 8.7 couples over the same period, the figures revealed.
For Taiwanese-Southeast Asian couples, the divorce rate rose from 28 couples per 1,000 in 2005 to 35.9 couples last year.
A total of 57,077 couples divorced last year, down 1.7 percent from a year earlier.
Marriages of fewer than five years and of between five and nine years accounted for 28.68 percent and 28.38 percent respectively of all divorces, the most of any groupings based on amount of time couples were together. The figures indicated that the longer couples remain married, the less likely they are to get divorced.