Focus Taiwan: Number of Taiwanese working in China hits 10-year low

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Taipei, Dec. 17 (CNA) China continued to be the No. 1 destination for Taiwanese heading overseas to work in 2018, although the number has dropped to its lowest level since 2008, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) said Tuesday.

Last year, 404,000 Taiwanese were working in China, (including Hong Kong and Macao), accounting for 54.9 percent of all Taiwanese nationals working overseas, the DGBAS said, citing official data.

The number is the lowest since 2008 and marks the fifth consecutive annual drop, said the DGBAS.

Overall, 737,000 Taiwanese were working overseas in 2018, an increase of 1,000 compared with the 2017 figure, according to the DGBAS.

The second-largest destination for Taiwanese working aboard was Southeast Asia (112,000 people, or 15.2 percent), followed by the U.S. (95,000 people, or 12.9 percent).

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