Tsai pledges more support for migrants from NSP target countries
President Tsai Ing-wen (center) casts a close eye over a jelly artwork during a visit to a commercial premises operated by a migrant from Vietnam Oct. 6 in northeastern Taiwan’s Yilan County. (CNA)
President Tsai Ing-wen said Oct. 6 that the government will continue prioritizing support for migrants from New Southbound Policy target countries as part of efforts to deepen Taiwan’s ties with the region.
Recent arrivals from the NSP region are adding diversity to the country’s culture and playing a crucial role in society, Tsai said. This next generation is expected to serve as a bridge for expanded exchanges between Taiwan and nations across the region, she added.
Tsai made the remarks while visiting a commercial premises operated by a migrant from Vietnam in northeastern Taiwan’s Yilan County.
According to Tsai, the government is leaving no stone unturned in implementing migrant-friendly policies. An outstanding example in this regard, Tsai said, is the Development Funds for Immigrants.
Launched in 2005 by the Ministry of the Interior, the NT$1 billion (US$30 million) undertaking focuses on establishing a social security network, providing child care services and offering appropriate guidance and training opportunities. It is seen as an effective platform for smoothing the transition of men and women into the workplace and society, as well as advancing gender equality.
A key plank in the government’s national development strategy, the NSP seeks to deepen agricultural, business, cultural, education, tourism and trade ties with the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nation member states, six South Asian countries, Australia and New Zealand.