Want China Times
By: CNA and Staff Reporter
In anticipation of greater demand for caregivers as Taiwan is scheduled to implement
the Long Term Care Service Act in 2017, the country’s Ministry of Labor has geared up to widen the sources of caregivers from more countries.
Tsai Meng-liang, deputy director-general of the ministry’s Workforce Development Agency, said his ministry, through assistance provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has actively been inquiring other countries’ willingness to send their nationals to work in Taiwan.
In recent years, apart from the large numbers of laborers that Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand have sent to Taiwan, Myanmar and Cambodia are two new countries to which Taiwan is looking to help ease its labor shortage amid a rapid growth of the senior population.
Indonesia, Taiwan’s largest source of foreign workers, has announced that it will freeze its exportation of domestic helpers to Taiwan from 2017, though the Ministry of Labor said it has yet to be notified of this by the Indonesian side. [FULL STORY]