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NIA showcases success of new immigrant development project

NIA showcases success of new immigrant development project

Taipei, Sept. 20 (CNA) The National Immigration Agency (NIA) on Sunday staged a presentation to highlight the progress of a pilot program that it had introduced earlier this year to nurture talent among second generation immigrants. The program encourages the children of new immigrants to spend part of their summer vacation in their parents' home country to learn the language and culture, according to the NIA. The goal is to allow second-generation new immigrants to learn how a multi-cultural background can be advantageous in a global context, according to the NIA. Participants in the program are divided into two categories -- individuals and groups -- with each person receiving a subsidy of up to NT$30,000 (US$926). The groups may comprise eligible students, teachers and parents. At Sunday's presentation, Huang Chia-jun (???), a senior high school student in Miaoli County, shared the experience of traveling to Vietnam for 15 days with his mother Tang Yu-lian (???), during the summer break. Huang said he met his grandfather in his mother's hometown and shared with his relatives and friends a popular Hakka pounded tea from Taiwan. Speaking at the event, Premier Mao Chi-kuo (???) said the Assistance Fund for Foreign Spouses will be renamed the "New Immigrants Development Fund." The annual budget, however, will remain at NT$1 billion, which shows the importance the government attaches to the wellbeing of new immigrants in Taiwan, he said. To date, the number of foreign spouses of Taiwanese nationals, or first-generation new immigrants, has exceeded 500,000, while the number of second-generation new immigrants is over 350,000, according to Deputy Minister of the Interior Chen Chwen-jing (???). (By Tang Pei-chun and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-19 04:38 GMT+08:00