Hong Kong ( The Standard) Taiwanese married 6,076 Vietnamese, 952 Japanese, and 807 Indonesians last year, Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior says.
Taiwanese marrying Southeast Asians accounted for 40 percent of all transnational couples last year, the first time since 2005 the number has surpassed that of Chinese spouses.
The ministry says 21,097 transnational couples married in Taiwan in 2017, accounting for 15.3 percent of all 138,034 marriages in the country.
This marks a six year high in the number of foreign spouses, but in 2017 the number of spouses from Southeast Asia was also 4 percent higher than the number from mainland China.
In 2017, there were 8,569 Southeast Asian spouses, accounting for 40.62 percent of all transnational couples, followed by 7,634 mainland Chinese spouses, making up 36.19 percent and 1,316 or 6.24 percent from Hong Kong and Macau.
Spouses from elsewhere accounted for 16.96 percent of the total.
Except those from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, the top three nationalities for foreign spouses were Vietnamese at 6,076, Japanese 952, and Indonesian 807.
While the number of foreign spouses from Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Macau and elsewhere all increased last year, the number of Chinese spouses fell by 1,039.
The majority of foreign spouses remained female at 74.86 percent, though the gender gap is narrowing, according to the ministry.