Taipei – The number of Chinese citizens who run away after arriving legally in Taiwan has been increasing since the country expanded its admission of sightseers from China in July 2008, according to a report released earlier this week by the Legislative Yuan.

The situation calls for immediate action by the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) and related agencies to address the possible effects on public order, travel security and tourism quality, the report stated.

It noted that in the past 17 months since the liberalization policy was implemented, the number of Chinese tourists visiting Taiwan has jumped by 9 percent.

The number of runaways, however, has also been rising, it stated.

While there were four runaways, with one remaining on the loose, in 2007, the number went up to six in 2008, four of which have not yet been found, the report said.

The latest statistics compiled by the National Immigration Agency show that in the first nine months of 2009, there were 15 runaways, 13 of whom have not been located, according to the report.