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No community epidemic loopholes from foreign workers! How to deal with 50,000 illegal foreign workers?

2020-06-16
 
A panic broke out at the end of this February when the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced a confirmed COVID-19 case—a hospital caregiver who is an illegal Indonesian foreign worker. The immediate legalization of illegal foreign workers at the peak of COVID-19 to prevent them from turning into the epidemic loophole became a hot topic. Due to the nature of work and language barrier, many legal foreign workers are unreached by epidemic control. According to the latest National Development Council (NDC) statistics, most of the total of 718,000 legal foreign workers in Taiwan are Vietnamese, Indonesian, and Filipino. According to the National Immigration Agency (NIA) statistics, there are about 47,000 illegal foreign workers, accounting for about 6–7% of the legal ones.
 
The GWO produced the cautions for home quarantine, assisted the government in translating many related public information films (PIFs), and posted them on Facebook and foreign worker social media.
The GWO produced the cautions for home quarantine, assisted the government in translating many related public information films (PIFs), and posted them on Facebook and foreign worker social media. 
 
While foreign workers fill the domestic labor shortages, communities should consider how to combat the pandemic in collaboration with them and take actions in consideration of their languages and cultural context, in order to build a tight community security network.
 
The Global Workers’ Organization, Taiwan (GWO) located next to Taipei Main Station has developed approaches to help foreign workers build a community epidemic control network. Apart from empowering foreign workers and providing them with information regarding education, work, and the daily life over time, the GWO translates and produces media contents in multiple languages, exerting influence during the outbreak with its day-to-day work. At the beginning of publicizing home quarantine by the government, many foreign workers were not informed of that. The GWO thus produced the cautions for home quarantine, assisted the government in translating many related public information films (PIFs), and posted them on Facebook and foreign worker social media. “You must speak their languages and enter their circles to understand what they are doing and establish a relationship with them,” said Karen Hsu, GWO executive director.
 
By linking foreign workers living in the same place in their languages and cultural context and through their social media and taking them out of loneliness and darkness, no loopholes will arise in epidemic control, and we can even turn them into an important force in community epidemic control.
 
By linking foreign workers living in the same place in their languages and cultural context and through their social media and taking them out of loneliness and darkness, no loopholes will arise in epidemic control.
By linking foreign workers living in the same place in their languages and cultural context and through their social media and taking them out of loneliness and darkness, no loopholes will arise in epidemic control.
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