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Nationalization rules can be changed, minister says

TOO HARSH:The minister of the interior agreed with lawmakers that clauses requiring immigrants to ‘behave well’ and penalizing them for minor offenses should go

By Loa Lok-sin  /  Staff reporter

Hsiao suggested that the 10-year ban on naturalized citizens running for public offices should be lifted.

The minister of the interior responded positively to the lawmakers’ proposals.

“I totally agree that immigrants should not be required to renounce their nationalities before obtaining ROC nationality. I also agree that the ‘behaving well’ clause should be deleted and as for requiring naturalization seekers to have no criminal record, I am also in favor of disregarding minor offenses, like many of you suggested,” Lee said.

“However, this is only my personal opinion. The Executive Yuan favors maintaining the current regulations, but I will try my best to convince Premier Jiang Yi-huah [江宜樺],” he added.

Lee said that some rules may have been created to prevent immigrants from sharing nationals’ resources, but things have changed and immigrants are being welcomed to make contributions to the country.

“Strict rules will only push talented people away,” he said. “I have foreign friends teaching at National Taiwan University who are not sure about staying, because they don’t want to give up their original nationalities to become ROC citizens. However, if they don’t become ROC citizens, they will not be able to receive a monthly pension when they retire, and the one-time retirement payout of NT$3 million to NT$5 million is really not sufficient to lead a quality life in retirement anywhere in the world.”

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