Taiwan expecting more students to return homeLocal | 15 Nov 2019 12:52 pm
Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council said 189 Taiwanese studying in Hong Kong universities would return home by yesterday.
The students from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the City University of Hong Kong follow 181 others who returned on Wednesday, with the number expected to rise, the council said.
At a press conference yesterday, MAC Deputy Minister Chiu Chui-cheng, said the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Hong Kong has been in contact with Taiwanese student associations at each of the city's universities, and is sending personnel and transportation to assist students seeking to return to Taiwan, CNA reports.
Chiu also advised Taiwanese travelers to Hong Kong to register for status updates on the MAC website, which improves TECO's ability to provide services.
In response to a question regarding a potential travel advisory or evacuation of citizens, Chiu said the government is closely monitoring the situation and will follow internationally-accepted standards for determining whether to issue a travel advisory.
There are an estimated 5,000 Taiwanese students, workers and other non-permanent residents in Hong Kong who could require assistance from Taiwan's government if the situation there deteriorates.