Taiwan proposes assistance mechanism for seriously ill migrant workers

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/10/12
By: Wang Cheng-chung and Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, Oct. 12 (CNA) Taiwan will raise the issue of migrant workers who fall ill and become too

Chen Shei-saint (right second)

Chen Shei-saint (right second)

sick to fly home during bilateral meetings with countries that provide most of the nation’s foreign laborers a senior Ministry of Labor (MOL) official said on Wednesday.

The ministry will propose the establishment of a mechanism to assist such migrants, said Hou Song-ting (侯松廷), a senior inspector at the MOL’s Workforce Development Agency, at a press conference held by Kuomintang Legislator Chen Shei-saint (陳學聖) at the Legislative Yuan.

Hou was responding to Chen’s appeal for such a mechanism, which the lawmaker said is necessary to prevent seriously ill foreign workers in Taiwan from becoming an unwanted burden.

Chen brought up the case of an Indonesian care giver — known only as Sina — who he said came to Taiwan in March 2014 but fell ill eight months later and eventually became paralyzed due to a parenchymal lesion on her spine.     [FULL  STORY]

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