A total of 39,071 marriages were registered in Taiwan in the first three months of the year, with nearly 13 percent being cross-national unions, according to figures released yesterday by the Ministry of the Interior.
The figures showed a 1.2 percent increase in total marriage registrations from 38,594 in the same period last year.
According to the data, 87.3 percent of the marriages from January to last month were of Taiwanese couples, while 12.7 percent involved foreign nationals.
Most of the foreign spouses — 57.8 percent — are from China, Hong Kong and Macau, 25 percent are from Southeast Asia and 17.2 percent from other regions, the figures said.
In the three-month period, marriages involving foreign nationals increased 0.4 percent from last year, the ministry said. It said those that included Southeast Asian spouses increased 13.5 percent, while those that involved spouses from China, Hong Kong and Macau dropped 7.4 percent.
The number of foreign brides decreased by 2.3 percent in the first three months of the year, while the number of foreign grooms increased by 10.8 percent, according to the data.
The statistics for cross-national marriages in the first quarter showed that 67.3 percent of the brides are from China, Hong Kong and Macau, 19.2 percent are from Vietnam and 3.9 percent are from Indonesia.
Nationals from China, Hong Kong and Macau also accounted for the highest percentage of grooms (25.4 percent), followed by Americans (14.1 percent) and Japanese (13.3 percent), the data showed.