By Shih Hsiu-chuan
Taipei, May 15 (CNA) The Cabinet on Tuesday unveiled measures to allow young migrant
workers and international students to stay in Taiwan as medium-skilled workers to help combat a manpower shortage and the country’s declining birth rate.
According to a draft economic immigration bill, the measure is aimed at retaining overseas students who receive high school or vocational school degrees in Taiwan and migrant workers with six years of work experience in Taiwan to meet demand for medium-skilled labor.
International students enrolled in specific education programs, such as the Overseas Youth Vocational Training School or Industry-University Cooperation Courses designed for youth from Southeast Asian and South Asian countries are also eligible.
If the bill passes the Legislature as proposed, Hong Kong and Macau residents who meet the criteria can also apply to work in Taiwan as a mid-level skilled worker. [FULL STORY]