I don’t know who is keeping statistics on this, if anyone. What would the government gain by publishing a list of stateless people they had deprived of all citizenship? I too would love to have some harder information and hope to get some over time.
Saying “quite a number” was an overstatement on my part, but it is serious enough to get at least some of the social workers who work with immigrants in the south to begin organizing around it. If they are delusional, then society is in better shape than they think. I will take that as good news.
I came in contact with this issue specifically through my wife’s work in the field of domestic violence counseling. Her work brings her into contact with social workers and others working on both human trafficking issues and violence against immigrants.
The particular social worker who is filling us in on this problem is based in Pingdong and works for the 屏東縣好好婦女權益發展協會 (Hao Hao Women’s Rights Organization). They are specifically concerned with foreign spouses, brides in this case, who have left their husbands due to domestic violence reasons. By leaving their husbands during their citizenship application period, they lose the right to stay, but they also have no right to return home if they have already renounced their original citizenship. Technically, there are supposed to be legal means for them to gain citizenship, but they often fail (see excerpts below for details).
Although I would prefer, and think we deserve, the right to dual citizenship, I think the Hao Hao Women’s Rights Organization would be satisfied with a system that ensured these women would retain citizenship in at least one country at all times, rather than having a limbo period where they have given up their original citizenship but have not yet gained Taiwanese citizenship.
Here are a couple paragraphs on the topic:
All I got for now. If/when I get more, I’ll post it.