The Ministry of Labor has denied reports that Taiwan will bring in 100,000 migrant workers from India. Labor minister Hsu Ming-chun confirmed that Taiwan is in talks to bring in Indian migrant workers. But she said no deal had been signed, and that the entry quotas had yet to be determined. She urged the public to not believe baseless online claims and to refrain from making racist comments about Indians.
I would like to clarify that the claim that “Taiwan is going to bring over 100,000 Indian migrant workers” is disinformation. I urge the general public to not fall into this trap of cognitive warfare.
A rumor has been making the rounds, alleging that 100,000 Indian migrant workers will soon be admitted to Taiwan. Labor minister Hsu Ming-chun addressed the rumor head-on, calling it disinformation when speaking at the Legislative Yuan.
What is the status of the MOU right now? Which industries will it cover?
We haven’t yet signed the MOU. After it is signed, we will carry out further meetings at different levels.
Hsu stressed that the migrant worker quotas and the industries covered would be discussed only after an MOU is signed with India. In recent days, rumors have been flying online, with an internet user saying the MOU would turn Taiwan into an “island of sexual assault.” The Ministry of Labor’s Facebook page has been flooded with comments that read, “I oppose Indian migrant workers.”
What’s even more outrageous is that racist comments have become news headlines. Someone said that if we open up to Indian migrant workers, Taiwan will become an “island of sexual assault.”
The question of where labor is sourced is handled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, after an assessment of national security issues. Adding another source country isn’t something the labor ministry can do instantaneously on its own. No. It’s already been discussed for two to three years. Both ruling and opposition parties have agreed to adding new sources of labor. I also think there shouldn’t be prejudice and discrimination against specific countries or groups of people. Such comments do not help with Taiwan’s diplomatic relations and international image.
Amid a severe labor shortage, Taiwan hopes to attract migrant workers from more countries. The labor ministry moved to reassure the public, saying all workers would be stringently screened.
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