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QUESTIONS ABOUT MEASURES FOR MIGRANT WORKERS AND FOREIGNERS LIVING IN TAIWAN DURING COVID-19 EPIDEMIC

New Bloom, Taiwan, 3 March 2020 - There is increasing public discussion of what measures should be taken regarding migrant workers in Taiwan as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

In particular, with fears that migrant workers who are undocumented or who may have fled their previous employment—oftentimes because of abuse—this has led to calls for amnesty for undocumented migrant workers.

Taiwan has over 700,000 migrant workers, primarily from Southeast Asian countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, and other countries. It is thought that over 50,000 migrant workers in Taiwan are undocumented. It is feared that COVID-19 could spread easily among undocumented migrant workers that are afraid to come forward for testing or quarantine due to fears that this will lead to their being deported, hence why there were calls for amnesty for undocumented migrant workers from organizations as the Global Workers Organization and other migrant worker advocacy groups. Concerns were raised after the 32nd confirmed case of COVID-19 was an Indonesian woman working illegally in Taiwan.

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Source: https://newbloommag.net/2020/03/03/covid-19-migrant-workers/

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