Number of migrant workers in Taiwan exceeds 700,000: Labor ministry

11/20/2018 11:00 PM
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Taipei, Nov. 20 (CNA) The number of migrant workers in Taiwan surpassed 700,000 in October for the first time in 15 years, the Ministry of Labor (MOL) reported Tuesday.

As of the end of October, 703,162 foreign workers were employed in the country, 446,779 of whom were employed in various industries while 256,383 were working in social welfare, including caregiving and domestic help, according to MOL statistics.

Migrant workers, primarily from Southeast Asian countries, numbered around 400,000 in 2011, 500,000 in 2014 and surpassed 600,000 in 2016, the statistics show.

Deputy Labor Minister Lin San-quei (林三貴) said that even though the number of migrant workers has increased, the number of Taiwanese workers has also increased, especially in the manufacturing industry.

(By Yu Hsiao-han and William Yen)


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