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Vietnamese top list of people getting Taiwan citizenship in 2019

Vietnamese accounted for more than half the total number of people naturalized in Taiwan last year.

There were 2,325 Vietnamese out of a total of 3,438 foreign nationals granted Taiwanese citizenship, according to statistics released by the Taiwanese Ministry of Interior.

The Philippines with 362 and Indonesia with 350 followed.

Getting married to Taiwanese citizens was the top reason for naturalization, accounting for 86.1 percent of all cases.

Women accounted for 3,097 of the new citizens.

Vietnamese women getting married to Taiwanese men accounted for more than 73 percent of the 2,794 brides who were naturalized.

Written by Dang Khoa
Source: Vietnam Express
Published on 7 May 2020

South Korea, Taiwan extend work visas for stranded Vietnamese workers

South Korea and Taiwan have decided to renew visas for foreign workers including Vietnamese to fill a labor shortage amid the coronavirus outbreak.

There are 48,000 contracted Vietnamese workers in South Korea and 230,000 in Taiwan, but it is not known how many are stranded in the two places after the expiry of their work visa due to the pandemic.

Tran Van Ha, head of the Overseas Labor Management Agency at the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, said to help employers suffering from a lack of manpower due to the outbreak, the South Korean government is set to allow those who wish to stay back an additional five months’ stay.

She also said Taiwan would extend workers’ visas by three months.

Taiwan is the second largest overseas market for Vietnamese labor with more than 54,480 going in 2019. South Korea came in third with over 7,200 workers. Japan is the top destination that received more than 80,000 Vietnamese workers last year.

South Korea has reported over 10,800 Covid-19 cases and 255 deaths as of Wednesday morning, while Taiwan has had 438 infections and six deaths.

Written by Dang Khoa
Source: VN Express
Published on 6 May 2020

Foreign workers not allowed to re-enter Taiwan after leaving: Ministry of Labor

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor (MOL) announced Tuesday (March 17) that all incoming migrant workers will be picked up by medical professionals upon entering the country.

During the daily press briefing on the country’s Wuhan virus (COVID-19) update, Vice Minister of Labor Lin San-kuei (林三貴) said the majority of Taiwan’s foreign workers are from Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines, and that the MOL has drawn up preventive measures accordingly. To avoid a large turnover of foreign workers, Lin encouraged employers to consider renewing the contracts of their current workers instead of seeking replacements.

Lin said employers can apply for three-month employment extensions for their workers if their contracts are up during the pandemic. He added that all employers need to take responsibility for workers placed in quarantine as well as present the details of their planned home quarantine locations starting Wednesday (March 18), reported Liberty Times.

The labor minister expressed his hope that expats in Taiwan will postpone their travel plans and stressed that no migrant workers will be allowed to re-enter Taiwan if they choose to return home. He noted that the government will reimburse the workers for any financial losses caused by flight cancelations.

Lin pointed out that migrant workers who have yet to arrive in Taiwan can only use the Taipei Taoyuan International Airport and Kaohsiung International Airport for entry. Upon their arrival, the workers will be picked up and screened by medical staff before being transported to their employers for a 14-day home quarantine, reported ETtoday.

Written by Ching Tse Cheng
Source: Taiwan News
Published on 18 March 2020

First seven migrant farm workers start work in Taiwan

Taipei, Feb. 5 (CNA) The first batch of seven migrant farm workers introduced into Taiwan have recently started work on local farms, many of which are deeply troubled by an acute manpower shortage.

The seven workers from Thailand, all newcomers to Taiwan, are working on local tea, vegetable and dairy farms that need greater workforces in winter — making them the first such workers to be employed in Taiwan’s agricultural sector, the Council of Agriculture (COA) said Wednesday.

They are allowed to take jobs on Taiwanese farms thanks to a policy change in May last year that permits agriculture-related nongovernmental organizations to apply for the entry of migrant workers to help cope with the long-running manpower shortage facing the local agricultural sector.

After the qualified migrant workers enter Taiwan, the NGOs then introduce them to local farms that need to boost their work forces, the COA explained.

The migrant workers hired to work on local tea, dairy and vegetable farms will each receive a basic monthly wage of NT$23,800 (US$793), plus overtime pay, the COA said.

In the near future, more migrant farm workers will be brought from Vietnam and Indonesia to help address the manpower shortage once talks on contract arrangements have been finalized, it added.

Taiwan currently has more than 700,000 migrant workers, most of whom are employed in construction, in factories, or as domestic helpers, according to data from the Ministry of Labor.

Source: Focus Taiwan
Published on 5 February 2020

Japan, Taiwan dominate Vietnamese labor imports in 2019

As many as 134,482 of the 147,387 Vietnamese workers who went abroad in 2019 were hired in Japan and Taiwan, official statistics show.

The number of Vietnamese workers going abroad in 2019 was a 3.2 percent increase over the previous year, and one-third of these were women.

This was the sixth consecutive year that the number of Vietnamese immigrant workers surpassed 100,000, and the fourth year consecutive year that it passed 120,000, according to the Overseas Labor Department.

It said Japan remained the largest market for Vietnamese labor with more than 80,000 going in 2019, followed by Taiwan with 54,480 workers.

In March, the number of Vietnamese living in Japan increased to 330,835, accounting for 8 percent of all foreign nationals, making Vietnamese the 3rd largest ethnic group behind Chinese and South Koreans, the Japan Times had reported.

Many young Vietnamese are interested in getting technical training in Japan due to the growing presence of Japanese companies in their home country, the report said.

With a new visa policy introduced in April, Vietnamese accounted for the largest number of new skilled workers in Japan as of the end of September, it added.

Written by Phan Nghia
Source: VN Express
Published on 3 January 2020

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