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Lawmakers agree to extend legal aid to migrants, foreign spouses

Lawmakers agree to extend legal aid to migrants, foreign spouses

Taipei, May 4 (CNA) Lawmakers across party lines agreed on Monday to allow migrant workers and disadvantaged foreign spouses to apply for government assistance for lawsuits or legal counseling. In a preliminary review of amendments to the Legal Aids Act, lawmakers of the Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee reached a consensus on clauses that foreign fishery workers, caregivers and domestic helpers will be allowed to apply to the government-funded Legal Aid Foundation for help with lawsuits or legal counseling. The amendments also apply to disadvantaged foreign spouses who have not gained ROC citizenship or those who have been naturalized but do not yet have household registrations. The act currently defines those who are allowed to apply for aid as low-income households under the Public Assistance Act or individuals whose monthly disposable income is below a level determined by the foundation. The amendments, according to opposition Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Yu Mei-nu, will save foundation staff from the hassle of obtaining information on the families of migrant workers to determine their financial capabilities. Instead, the amendments will specify that reviewers will judge applicants' claims on their financial situations without the need for information on their family. (By Tai Ya-chen and Scully Hsiao)


Updated : 2021-09-26 05:24 GMT+08:00