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2021/05/31 | TNL Staff

Taiwan Approves up to NT$840 Billion for Covid Relief

Middle and low-income households are eligible for subsidies, along with workers in certain industries. Migrant workers and other non-citizen residents, however, are not explicitly included for relief in the measures made public today.

2021/08/19 | Kirsten Han

Singaporeans Are Upset About Covid Restrictions. Will They Notice Migrant Workers?

There are likely more people upset about being blocked from going to a restaurant or a gym, because of their vaccination status, than people upset about the prolonged and unfair confinement of tens of thousands of men regardless of their vaccination status.

2020/10/14 | Joe Henley

Equal Rights for Migrant Workers Now

There are 800,000 Southeast Asian migrant workers in Taiwan doing the jobs locals don’t want or aspire to. They deserve equal rights.

2020/10/29 | Bryan Chou

What Can Taiwan Learn From South Korea in Recruiting Migrant Workers?

Taiwan has had a labor brokerage system for migrant workers in place for around three decades, but calls are mounting for the government to replace it with a direct-hire scheme. How should Taiwan do it?

2018/12/26 | David Green

FILM REVIEW: ‘10 Years Taiwan’ Peers Pessimistically Into an Unsettling Future

Taiwan’s foray into the future-gazing '10-year' franchise is poignant, ponderous and overwhelmingly bleak.

2019/03/25 | Nick Aspinwall

Southeast Asian Workers Rally to Protest Sexual Abuse, Poor Labor Standards

Migrant workers gathered at Taipei Main Station on Sunday to protest the third-party brokerage system, sexual harassment of female workers, and the government's inaction in affirming human rights for Southeast Asian workers.

2021/07/13 | Syrena Lin

Between Miaoli and Taoyuan: Taiwan’s Response to Migrant Worker Rights at an Intersection

Miaoli was under fire for confining migrant workers to their dorms in response to a cluster of Covid-19 cases at factories. Taoyuan’s approach is a reminder that it could have been handled better.

2018/10/14 | Global Voices

Japanese TV Show Slammed for Exploiting Migrant Deportations as Entertainment

The reality show, officially promoted by Japan's Immigration Bureau, is being labeled an 'international embarrassment.'

2018/11/28 | Li A-ming

'There Is No God Here': An Excerpt From Life on Taiwan's High Seas Vessels

'If all the fishermen were Taiwanese, would the conditions be any different? This a question I have thought about for a very long time.'

2018/10/20 | Taiwan Business TOPICS Magazine

Taiwan Has 250,000 Foreign 'Angels of Mercy' Caring for Its Elderly

Taiwan's foreign care givers are 'angels of mercy' on the frontline of Taiwan's aging society, but this does not mean calls for improvements to their circumstances should be ignored.

2021/05/26 | Taiwan Insight

Not Obedience But Dignity: A Message From a Former Migrant Worker

A former domestic worker in Hong Kong for over ten years, Iweng Karsiwen is currently the Chair of Families of Indonesian Migrant Workers (Kabar Bumi). In this exposé, Iweng tells of her experience and challenges with the industry.

2018/10/05 | Nick Aspinwall

Taiwanese Fishing Vessels Fined, Suspended for Work Abuse, Shark Finning

Taiwan has acted to fine the owner and captain of a vessel involved in various labor abuses – and allegedly shark finning as well – though the punishments are unlikely to be viewed as much of a deterrent for others in the industry.

2019/01/26 | Nick Aspinwall

INTERVIEW: '10 Years Taiwan' Directors Dish on Taiwan's Future and Its Present

The News Lens caught up with '10 Years Taiwan' directors Lekal Sumi and Rina Tsou, who discussed what inspired them as directors and how Taiwan can avoid the film's dismal vision of the future.