Officers saw a Ghanaian national “acting suspiciously” when they approached her in the Lujhou neighborhood of New Taipei City. She is accused of having been in Taiwan unlawfully for 34 years.
According to the Taipei Times, on October 14, while on patrol in the Luzhou area, the police came upon a female foreign national who was waiting under a covered walkway.
She could not comprehend Mandarin and only spoke with gestures when officials requested her to show her passport or Alien Resident Certificate (ARC).
Following an investigation, police learned that the 63-year-old woman—whose identity has not yet been released—is a native of Ghana.
She initially arrived in Taiwan in June 1989 following a transit from Hong Kong, and she departed in March 1990, according to the authorities.
The woman’s re-entry into Taiwan is not documented in any immigration documents, the police continued.
The Ghanaian national was cited by the police as claiming, via an interpreter, that she works as a cleaner and lives alone in a leased home.
According to police, the lady has been turned over to prosecutors for additional inquiry into her possible violations of Taiwan’s immigration laws.
She is being detained at a shelter furnished by the National Immigration Agency’s service facility in New Taipei City.