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Number of Taiwanese working holidaygoers in Australia nearly doubles

Number of Taiwanese working holidaygoers in Australia nearly doubles

Taipei, March 21 (CNA) The number of Taiwanese granted working holiday trips to Australia in the second half of 2012 nearly doubled from the previous year, Taiwan's envoy to Australia Katharine Chang said Thursday. The Australian government issued 17,969 working holiday visas to Taiwanese young adults in the latter half of 2012, second only to the United Kingdom's 24,135, according to statistics from Australian immigration authorities. The number of 17,969 represented an increase of 97.2 percent from the same period of 2011, Chang said, citing the statistics. Meanwhile, more and more Taiwanese working holidaygoers in Australia are applying to spend a second year there, she said. As of the end of 2012, there were 22,027 Taiwanese on working holiday trips in Australia, making Taiwan the third largest source of working holidaygoers in Australia behind the U.K. and South Korea. Taiwanese young adults are advised to do short-term work to fund their trips in Australia rather than set their sights solely on making money by taking on manual jobs, Chang added. She also alerted Taiwanese youths to labor abuse and illicit exploitation by employers and to safety issues in light of increasing accidents involving Taiwanese holidaygoers in Australia. The issue of Taiwanese on working holidays in Australia drew widespread attention late last year when local media reports sparked concerns of more Taiwanese using working holidays to do manual labor in higher-wage countries. (By Scully Hsiao)


Updated : 2021-06-25 17:28 GMT+08:00