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Video shows migrant workers in Taiwan's Miaoli herded into packs

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A migrant worker has shared video footage showing how their factory now restricts the movements of foreign employees and herds them in groups as they go to and from work. ...

21 migrant workers in Miaoli questioned by police for venturing out

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Police questioned 21 migrant workers in Miaoli County for violating a stay-at-home order that has been issued amid cluster infections at four high-tech companies in the co...

202 foreign workers test positive for COVID at 4 tech firms in Taiwan's Miaoli

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The number of COVID-19 cases associated with four tech companies in northern Taiwan's Miaoli County has risen to 249, including 202 foreign migrant workers, primarily ...

Taiwan's Taoyuan encourages companies to test migrant workers for COVID

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) said on Saturday (June 5) that dormitories housing more than 50 migrant workers should enact measures to avoid COVID-19 cluster infectio...

COVID alerts for migrant workers in Taiwan now available via LINE

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of Labor (MOL) has launched a new LINE service that pushes notifications about the latest COVID-19 developments and control measures for the country’s m...

Taiwan to relax labor laws to attract white-collar foreign talent

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A proposed amendment to a labor regulation in Taiwan would likely allow foreign graduates from prestigious universities to work in the country without prior work experienc...

Gulf Arab states launch new restrictions over virus fears

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Gulf Arab states on Thursday launched new restrictions over fears of the coronavirus resurging across their countries. With populations including ...

Palm oil labor abuses linked to world’s top brands, banks

PENINSULAR, Malaysia (AP) — Jum’s words tumble out over the phone, his voice growing ever more frantic. Between sobs, he says he’s trapped on a Malaysian plantation run by government...

Palm oil labor abuses linked to world’s top brands, banks

PENINSULAR, Malaysia (AP) — An invisible workforce of millions of laborers from some of the poorest corners of Asia toil in the palm oil industry, many of them enduring various forms of exploitation, ...

Labor group details struggle facing Taiwan's migrant workers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Located on the edge of Taipei's Little Manila in a narrow residential lane, the Taiwan International Workers' Association (TIWA), established in 1999, forges ties ...

Japan's new PM Yoshihide Suga, self-made and strong-willed

TOKYO (AP) — Before he got Japan's top government job officially, Yoshihide Suga was known as a “shadow" prime minister and the right-hand man for his long-serving predecessor. When ...

2 Mideast countries, world's top virus rates per population

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The small, neighboring sheikhdoms of Bahrain and Qatar have the world's highest per capita rates of coronavirus infections. In the two Mideast countries, COVID-19 ep...

Virus projects renew questions about UAE's mass surveillance

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Efforts by the United Arab Emirates to fight the coronavirus have renewed questions about mass surveillance in this U.S.-allied federation of seven sheikhdoms. ...

Lockdown and racism go hand in hand in Catalonia

Lleida, the capital city of the Segria region — 180 kilometers (111 miles) east of Barcelona — finds itself in a "wartime mode" again as a new lockdown takes hold. Last Saturday...

Taiwan to ease restrictions on farms hiring migrant workers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Ministry of Labor (MOL) recently amended legislation to allow farms that grow fruits, vegetables, grains, orchids, livestock, or seafood to hire migrant worke...