Eight people obtain ROC citizenship without renouncing their own

12/27/2019 07:09 PM
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Taipei, Dec. 27 (CNA) Eight foreign nationals recently gained Republic of China citizenship without relinquishing their own, bringing the total number to 119 since the passage of a law revision in 2016 that allows dual nationality in special cases, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said Friday.

In a statement, the ministry said the eight people were professionals from Malaysia, Poland, Indonesia, Canada, South Korea and Singapore and obtained naturalization without having to give up citizenship in their own countries.

Three of them are professionals in the field of education, three in medicine, one in economics and one in technology, the ministry said.

One of the Malaysians helped Taiwan gain greater international recognition because of his breakthrough research on the prevention of thrombosis-related complications, through the use of the tapeworm drug Niclosamide, the MOI said.

Another doctor, an Indonesian has been involved in the long-term care of patients with diabetes and thyroid diseases and has been teaching in related fields, the ministry said.

One of the Malaysians won the Ta-you Wu Memorial Award in 2018 and was recognized for his visionary and advanced research in the field of chemical biology, according to the ministry.

Since the National Act was amended in December 2016, a total of 119 foreigners have gained naturalization in Taiwan without having to relinquish citizenship in their own countries, the ministry said.

(By Flor Wang and Eliane Hou)


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