2024-01-01

Indigenous Status Law Updated

A ruling from the Constitutional Court last year affirmed the right of adopted children to pursue indigenous status. This ruling declared the previous provision that granted indigenous status based solely on the name of a person with one indigenous parent as unconstitutional. This led to the birth of an amendment to the Status Act for Indigenous Peoples (原住民身分法).
 
Previously, if the mother alone held indigenous status and the child registered under the father's surname, they would not be acknowledged as an indigenous person. Now, a child with one indigenous parent can attain indigenous status by registering:
   
According to the Ministry of Interior, it is shown that the nation's indigenous population is increasing, reaching approximately 584,000 people, constituting 2.5% of the nation's total population.
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