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HTC-Google deal result of Trump’s anti-immigration policy: reports

Google failed to recruit enough talent from Taiwan to work in the U.S.

Trump's anti-immigration policies motivated HTC-Google deal, reports say.

Trump's anti-immigration policies motivated HTC-Google deal, reports say. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The recent US$1.1 billion deal between United States Internet giant Google and Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC (宏達電) can be seen a consequence of U.S. President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration policies, reports said Wednesday.

HTC, which has been posting losses for nine consecutive quarters, handed over about 2,000 research and development staff to the U.S. firm in the deal announced on September 21.

Measures by the Trump Administration targeting migrants have made it more and more difficult for U.S. firms such as Google to attract talent from overseas, including from Taiwan, Mirror Media reported.

Despite the promise of an annual salary of NT$30 million (US$987,000), assistance in obtaining a Green Card, and help with moving relatives to the U.S., Google had been unable to recruit sufficient engineering talent from Taiwanese companies like Asus, Quanta or HTC, reports said.

By investing in Cher Wang’s HTC, the Internet giant could avoid any immigration problems and employ the Taiwanese R&D specialists right in their own country, according to Mirror Media.