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1st batch of Vietnamese domestic workers arrive after 10-year hiatus

1st batch of Vietnamese domestic workers arrive after 10-year hiatus

Taipei, Oct. 21 (CNA) Following the lifting of a 10-year ban on certain categories of Vietnamese workers, the first batch of seven domestic caregivers from the Southeast Asian country arrived in Taiwan Wednesday. They will be the first Vietnamese domestic helpers to get a higher monthly wage of NT$17,000 (US$520) following the government's raising of the monthly salary in September from NT$15,840. The Ministry of Labor said it will review the opening measure after six months. Taiwan imposed a ban on Vietnamese fishermen in 2004 and on caregivers and domestic helpers in 2005, mainly because of the high rate at which they were absconding from their jobs. Vietnamese have still been allowed to work in Taiwan in other fields, such as the manufacturing sector. According to Ho-Master International Co. (?????????), the brokerage that introduced the Vietnamese caregivers, the workers received 390 hours of training on Taiwan's laws, customs, culture, and language, as well as work skills, before coming to Taiwan. They are aged 29-45. Due to the ban on Vietnamese workers, the demographics of foreign domestic workers in Taiwan have changed drastically, with Indonesian workers now dominating, accounting for 80 percent, or 177,000 out of the 224,000 foreign domestic workers in Taiwan as of the end of September. Taiwan announced in April that it would lift the ban in July after Indonesia announced earlier this year that it plans to stop sending domestic workers to foreign counties by 2017, sparking concerns that there will be a shortage of such workers in Taiwan. The Vietnamese government has stepped up training for workers seeking employment in Taiwan since then, and has vowed to continue to fine Vietnamese workers who abscond from their jobs, as well as to take other measures to cope with the problem. (By Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-27 18:47 GMT+08:00