By: Chiu Chun-chin and Emerson Lim
Taipei, May 3 (CNA) Taiwan’s government has decided to change its formal description of blue-collar foreign workers from “foreign laborer” (外勞) to “migrant worker” (移工) to promote a friendlier, more respectful society, a Ministry of the Interior (MOI) official said Friday.
Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) said at a simple ceremony in Taoyuan on Friday that the National Immigration Agency (NIA) decided to make the change out of respect and support for migrant workers.
The new description will appear in the “Purpose of Residence” field shown on the alien resident certificates (ARC) of migrant workers, and Hsu handed new ARCs with the new term to several migrant workers during a visit to an I-Mei Foods Co. factory in Nankan.
While at the factory, Hsu thanked migrant workers from the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand for their contributions to government infrastructure projects and Taiwan’s aged society. [FULL STORY]