Legal Harbors and Illegal Immigration

Legal Harbors and Illegal Immigration

Map:Legal Harbors and Illegal Immigration
After the Qing Dynasty incorporated Taiwan into its domain, and due to the island's status as a potential gathering ground for pirates and anti-Qing rebels, strict restrictions were enforced in terms of the quantity of immigrants and the way they were permitted to enter Taiwan. During the early Qing Dynasty, the only legal points of exit and entry between China and Taiwan were Xiamen, Fujian and Luermen, Tainan. Nonetheless, such restrictions only resulted in more illegal immigration and smuggling, with many immigrants risking their lives in coming to Taiwan through other ports and routes led by traffickers.

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