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Quota for Taiwan-South Korea working holiday program to be raised

Quota for Taiwan-South Korea working holiday program to be raised

Taipei, Oct. 22 (CNA) The quota for the reciprocal Taiwan-South Korea working holiday program will be raised to 600 from next year to meet the growing number of applicants on both sides, a Taiwanese foreign affairs official said Thursday. The agreement currently allows 400 adults aged 18-30 from each country to travel and work in the other country for up to one year, said Shih Puo-suz (???), a senior official with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, at a news briefing. Since its implementation in 2011, the Taiwan-South Korea working holiday program has been popular among young people on both sides and "the number of applicants has been on the increase every year," Shih said. The two sides have thus decided to raise the quota to meet the growing demand, he told reporters. Starting from Jan. 1, 2016, the quota for each country will be increased to 600, he said. In addition to South Korea, Taiwan also has reciprocal working holiday agreements with 12 other countries -- Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom. Overseas working holiday programs have been popular among young Taiwanese since the first foreign program was launched in 2004 with New Zealand. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-27 22:04 GMT+08:00