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Myanmar one option for foreign worker imports: labor authorities

2013/08/26 20:42:30

Taipei, Aug. 26 (CNA) Myanmar is one possible option in Taiwan's efforts to seek new sources of foreign workers, a senior Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) official said Monday.

As demand from the industrial sector for foreign workers continues to rise due to changes in the country's industrial structure, the CLA's Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training has been exploring new sources, said bureau head Lin San-quei.

Sri Lanka is another possible option, Lin said in response to a newspaper report earlier in the day that said the CLA is seeking to introduce workers from Myanmar next year.

The report also said that Labor Affairs Minister Pan Shih-wei, accompanied by Lin, visited Myanmar last week for talks on Taiwan's plan to import workers from there.

Lin, however, denied the report, saying that no CLA officials had visited the Southeast Asian country over the past week.

Asked whether there is a plan to import Myanmarese workers next year, Lin replied that this will depend on the willingness of both the Taiwanese and Myanmarese governments. "Currently, there is no concrete timetable for such imports," he said.

According to CLA data, as of the end of 2012, the number of foreign workers serving in Taiwan's industrial sector had reached 242,885, while those serving as caregivers or domestic helpers numbered 202,694.

Most of the foreign workers are from Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia, the data shows.

(By Zoe Wei and Elizabeth Hsu)