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MOL backs allowing migrant workers to extend stay in Taiwan

MOL backs allowing migrant workers to extend stay in Taiwan

Taipei, Sept. 3 (CNA) The Ministry of Labor (MOL) is supportive of a proposal by legislators to allow foreign nationals to work for a longer period of time in Taiwan, MOL Deputy Minister Chen I-min (???) said Thursday. Legislators proposed that the maximum length of employment for foreign workers be extended to 15 years from the current 12. However, the MOL is inclined to support an alternative proposal to allow foreign workers who have worked in Taiwan for 12 years and meet certain requirements to stay longer than 12 years, without setting a maximum length of employment, according to Chen. Out of the 580,000 foreign workers currently legally employed in Taiwan, 3,800 have worked in the country for more than nine years but less than 12 years, Chen said, adding that those long-term workers are expected to first benefit from the new rules if they clear the legislative floor. Extending the length of time migrants can work in Taiwan, he said, will help employers retain people who meet their needs, according to Chen. The proposal also includes a mechanism for retaining outstanding workers, including those with language and technical skills, but substantive details of the plan have yet to be finalized. (By Zoe Wei and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-24 02:43 GMT+08:00