Lawmakers agree to extend legal aid to migrants, foreign spouses

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/05/04
By: Tai Ya-chen and Scully Hsiao

Taipei, May 4 (CNA) Lawmakers across party lines agreed on Monday to allow 201505040037t0001migrant workers and disadvantaged foreign spouses to apply for government assistance for lawsuits or legal counseling.

In a preliminary review of amendments to the Legal Aids Act, lawmakers of the Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee reached a consensus on clauses that foreign fishery workers, caregivers and domestic helpers will be allowed to apply to the government-funded Legal Aid Foundation for help with lawsuits or legal counseling.

The amendments also apply to disadvantaged foreign spouses who have not gained ROC citizenship or those who have been naturalized but do not yet have household registrations.     [FULL  STORY]

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