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Priests urge inclusion of migrant workers in stimulus voucher program

Focus Taiwan News Channel, Taiwan, 5 June 2020 - Filipino, Indonesian and Vietnamese priests across Taiwan urged the government on Friday to allow migrant workers to be included in an upcoming economic stimulus voucher program that will start next month.

The vouchers, officially called "Triple Stimulus Vouchers," will be issued from July 15, but will be confined only to Taiwanese nationals and their foreign spouses, allowing them to buy NT$3,000 (US$100)-worth of vouchers for NT$1,000.

Filipino-American Priest Joy Tajonera of the Ugnayan Migrant Ministry in Taichung told CNA that the exclusion of migrant workers from the program creates barriers within society.

"To exclude the migrants is to further divide our society between the insiders and the outsiders. Migrants are not outsiders," Tajonera said.

Migrant workers contribute to the economy through their taxes, health and labor insurance, Tajonera pointed out.

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Source: https://focustaiwan.tw/society/202006050015

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