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Lawmakers to extend legal aid to migrants, foreign spouses

Lawmakers to extend legal aid to migrants, foreign spouses

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 first review of modifications to the Legal Aids Act, lawmakers of the Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee reached unanimity 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 modification also apply to disadvantaged foreign spouses who have not gained citizenship or those who have been naturalized but do not yet have household registrations.


Updated : 2021-09-19 01:56 GMT+08:00