Taipei, June 2 (CNA) The divorce rate for marriages between Taiwanese and foreign nationals was 3.6 times higher in 2001 than for unions of two Taiwanese, according to statistics published by the Ministry of the Interior on Saturday.
The average divorce rate in Taiwan was 10.7 couples per thousand, but when broken down by domestic unions and international marriages, Taiwanese couples split up at the rate of 8.7 per 1,000 couples versus 31.5 per 1,000 for mixed matrimonies, the statistics showed.
The divorce rate for marriages between two Taiwanese and between a Taiwanese and Chinese national has fallen slightly in recent years, but the rate for unions between Taiwanese and Southeast Asian nationals has been on the rise.
The number of Taiwanese-Chinese couples divorcing decreased from 38.4 couples per 1,000 in 2005 to 28.9 couples in 2011, while the divorce rate for all-Taiwanese couples fell from 10.3 to 8.7 couples over the same period, the statistics showed.
For Taiwanese-Southeast Asian couples, however, the divorce rate rose from 28 couples per 1,000 in 2005 to 35.9 couples in 2011.
A total of 57,077 couples divorced in 2011, down 1.7 percent from a year earlier.
Marriages of fewer than five years and of between five and nine years accounted for a respective 28.68 percent and 28.38 percent of all divorces, the most of any groupings based on the amount of time couples were together.
The figures indicated that the longer couples remain married, the less likely they are to get divorced.
Looking at trends over the last 15 years, divorce peaked in the mid-2000s before retreating slightly in the past five years.
The average number of divorces annually for subsequent five-year periods were 46,184 between 1996 and 2001, 62,230 from 2002-2006 and 57,370 from 2007 to 2011.
(By Tsai He-ying and C.J. Lin)