The number of Taiwanese citizens divorcing partners from other countries has fallen, new figures reveal.
Inhabitants of the Asian island filed for 53,000 divorces during 2015. Of these approximately 11,000, or just over 20 per cent, involved multinational couples, in which one partner was Taiwanese and other from a different country. This represents a drop of over three per cent on the previous year. The fall continues a year-on-year decline since 2010, when multinational divorce accounted for more 26 per cent of all separation s in Taiwan – a 15 year high.
Men appear to be significantly more likely than women to marry a foreign spouse: just 1,000 of the multinational divorces involved a Taiwanese woman. Unsurprisingly, the majority of the foreign spouses came from China, Hong Kong and Macau.
Statisticians noted that the divorce rate in Taiwan has risen and fallen erratically in recent years. Last year’s total represents a 0.5 increase on the previous year.
Meanwhile, 154,000 couples on the island married last year, a jump of more than three per cent. Of these, 20,000 involved a foreign spouse, China Topix reports.
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