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Taiwan lost its membership to the United Nations in 1971 and for this reason it is not a signatory of the 1951 Convention relating to the status of refugees. Currently there is no UNHCR office in Taiwan and matters of refugees and asylum seekers are covered under the National Immigration Act of 1999.

UNHCR does not publish statistics specifically on refugees and asylum seekers in Taiwan, but information about the refugee situation in Taiwan can be found by contacting E-Ling Chiu (eeling@tahr.org.tw) of Taiwan Association for Human Rights.

Taiwan Association for Human Rights (TAHR)

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No.22, Ln. 61, Tianxiang Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City 104
Tel: +886 22 59 69 525
Email: tahr@seed.net.tw
Contact Person: E-Ling Chiu
Email: eeling@tahr.org.tw
Tel: +886 22 59 69 525
Mobile: +886 91 00 32 293

Taiwan Association for Human Rights (TAHR) is an independent non-governmental organisation founded on 10th December 1984 (International Human Rights Day). It is a member-based NGO run by full time activitists and volunteers. TAHR looks after cases where authority seriously violates basic human rights, by assisting with investigations and offering actual support.  TAHR has assisted several cases of asylum seekers releasing from immigration detention centres and providing residence permits in Taiwan.

Union of Undocumented Immigrants (UNDoc)

No. 51, Sec. 3, Zhongshan N. Road, Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City 104
Tel: +886 22 59 95 943
Email: unictaiwan@gmail.com

Since 2008, Union of Undocumented Immigrants (UNDoc) has come into contact with the “50-percent national” group labeled by the immigration law as “R.O.C. nationals without citizenship”, in particular Tibetan people who are facing bureaucratic difficulties and stateless persons. We provide them with legal consult, education seminars, social assistance and lobby for their legal treatment in Taiwan.