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Bill on new immigrants’ rights passes Executive Yuan

The Executive Yuan approved a bill to promote the rights of new immigrants June 21 in Taipei City, underscoring ongoing government efforts to recruit global talent to contribute to Taiwan’s development.
 
According to Premier Cho Jung-tai, the bill is part of the government’s response to declining birth rates and a rapidly aging society. Through creating a more friendly environment and expanding the scope of those who qualify under the new legislation, the bill will help attract more professionals, with the expertise and resources they bring, to Taiwan, he added.
 
Cho said that the more than 600,000 marital immigrants in Taiwan form a key element of the country’s talent pool. The bill will provide better legal protection for the new members of the society, spanning areas such as education, employment, health care, public participation and social welfare, he said.
 
Proposed by the Ministry of the Interior, the bill applies to investment, marital and technical immigrants, as well as their children. It also mandates the establishment of a dedicated agency; an inter-agency meeting to map out policy measures and conduct surveys of new immigrants; and a development fund to integrate public and private sector resources to provide family care and language learning, among other services. (SFC-E)
 
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