Number of foreign workers in Taiwan tops 700,000

The total rose by 100,000 over the past 2 years and 4 months: Ministry of Labor

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The number of foreign workers in Taiwan rose by 100,000 over the past 2 years and 4 months.

The number of foreign workers in Taiwan rose by 100,000 over the past 2 years and 4 months. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The number of foreign workers topped 700,000 in late October, according to data released by the Ministry of Labor (MOL) Tuesday.

Ministry officials pointed out that the number of Taiwanese workers employed in the manufacturing sector also rose, the Central News Agency reported.

By the end of October, the total number of migrant workers reached 703,162, including 446,779 employed by the manufacturing sector and 256,383 by the social sector, the MOL said.

The previous mark to be breached was 600,000 in late June 2016, so the number of foreign workers rose by 100,000 in just two years and four months, CNA reported.

Looking at the most recent month, the number of foreign factory workers increased by 1,500 compared to the previous month, while employees in the social sectors rose by 1,600, a predictable development because of the need for more home care in a rapidly aging society, officials said.

Most foreign workers hail from Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Thailand, due to agreements with Taiwan.