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Research into the Immigration Motive and Community Development of the Taiwanese Students in the UK (1989-2012)
Jo Hsuan Wang
Taiwanese student in the UK
The complexity of current day immigration has meant that certain theories based on concepts of nationalism and/or geographical boundaries are no longer adequate as the link between immigrants, including the field of overseas ethnic Chinese studies, have begun applying transnational theory to relevant discourses since the 1990s. Amongst all immigrant types, the student form has been considered as being part of a transnational immigration framework. Prior to the 1980s, an upshot of a number of factors, a large portion of Taiwanese students, seeking Higher Education abroad, chose to study in the US and many of them chose not to return. Yet the number of Taiwanese students who chose to study in British universities has risen dramatically since the late 1980s and the figure has continued to grow for nearly twenty-years. Inspired by the American example, this research explores the possibility of Taiwanese students settling in the UK (post-study) and their potential immigration motives. The methods involved were the collection of 63 questionnaire samples, from targeted groups, this was subsequently followed by the interviewing of 17, post-study, Taiwanese who are in residence in the UK. All of them have intended to or have already obtained permanent residency or British citizenship. From selected research sampling, most Taiwanese students did not present a clear immigration motive before leaving for the UK; however the idea emerged during their study periods despite the challenges of strict immigration policies and additional obstacles. As for those that managed to stay, they demonstrated strong qualities and features of transnational migrants. In spite of the absence of statistics showing the exact number of Taiwanese students settling in the UK post-study over the past two decades, the UK Taiwanese community had indeed expanded and demonstrated a more active presence over the same period. In comparison to the more passive and silent attitudes of the past, this paper argues that a new force has come into being by the UK Taiwanese community, a force that is now more thriving, reactive, and flexible to various Taiwanese related issues; one that is no longer silent.
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