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DPP head unveils party's new immigration policy

DPP head unveils party's new immigration policy

Taipei, Oct. 21 (CNA) Tsai Ing-wen (???), chairwoman and presidential candidate of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), unveiled her party's new immigration policies Wednesday, expressing hope that one day, a child of a new immigrant will run for Taiwan's presidency. Tsai made the remarks when she attended the opening of the 2016 National Association of Tsai Ing-wen's Southeast Asian Sisters. During a press conference at the event, Tsai promised that the DPP will work on three new policies if her party wins the presidential election next year. Under the current Social Assistance Act, new immigrants can receive social welfare only after they get Taiwanese identity cards. Tsai said that if elected, she will ensure that new immigrants can get more social welfare because it is unfair for them to be excluded even though they have contributed a lot to Taiwanese society. Tsai also said that she will discuss the possible recognition of new immigrants' education diplomas obtained in their countries of origin. Once their qualifications are recognized, it will be easier for them to continue their studies and search for better jobs in Taiwan, Tsai said. Tsai further reinforced the importance of educating children from immigrant families about their parents' mother tongue. Children of new immigrants are important assets because they are the best candidates for leading Taiwan to work closely with Southeast Asian countries in the future, said Tsai. Tsai's remarks were in line with a "new southward policy" that she proposed earlier this year. Under this policy, Taiwan will seek to strengthen relations with Southeast Asian countries and India. (By Yeh Su-ping and Lee Mei-yu)


Updated : 2021-09-26 13:52 GMT+08:00