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2,500 Chinese overstay their visa in Taiwan
Central News Agency
2014-04-04 09:59 PM
Taipei, April 4 (CNA) The total number of Chinese people who have overstayed their visa in Taiwan since 1988 has reached around 2,500, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said Friday, adding that the percentage of Chinese overstayers here was lower than that in other countries. Of the 11.9 million Chinese people who entered the island between 1988 and 2013 to visit their relatives and travel, only 2,535 of them still remained in Taiwan on an expired visa, MOI said in a statement. It touted the governments' efforts in tracking down the illegal visitors from China. The overstaying visitors posed no direct threat to Taiwan's national security as 684 of them were the Chinese spouses of Taiwanese citizens while another 745 entered the island to visit their family and relatives here, MOI said. It added that the majority of the Chinese overstayers were eligible to extend their stay on the island. As for those who come for tourism, only a small number have overstayed their entry permit, the MOI said. Among the 7.26 million Chinese people visiting Taiwan on tourism visas between 2008 and the end of 2013, 193 of them have overstayed, MOI said. It added that it has deported 142 of the Chinese tourists, which has brought down the overstay rate to 2.66 per 100,000. In 2013, the Chinese visitors to Taiwan reached more than 2.21 million and only 46 people have absconded, MOI said. As a result, the rate of Chinese overstayers last year stood at 2.08 per 100,000 in Taiwan, lower than New Zealand's 4.6 per 100,000, and France's 14 per 100,000, the MOI said. Japan and Australia recorded the higher rates of 169 Chinese overstayers per 100,000 Chinese tourists and the 272 per 100,000, respectively, it said. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and Maia Huang)
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