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Taiwan planning to reopen borders to Filipino migrant workers

  • 13 January, 2022
  • John Van Trieste
Taiwan planning to reopen borders to Filipino migrant workers
Taiwan is considering reopening its borders to Filipino migrant workers. (Photo Courtesy Reuters/TPG)

Taiwan is in talks with the Philippines about reopening its borders to Filipino migrant workers.That was the word from the labor ministry’s Workforce Development Agency on Wednesday.

Taiwan put a temporary entry ban on migrant workers in place in an effort to keep out COVID-19. But it has already lifted its entry bans on Indonesian and Thai workers.

The Workforce Development Agency says it will ask for approval to lift the entry ban on Filipino workers as well once Philippine authorities have prepared the necessary documentation. The government body that will make the final call, the Central Epidemic Command Center, says it will speed up the process of reopening to Filipino workers once the labor ministry completes an assessment of Taiwan’s mass COVID testing capacity and provides information about how many Filipino workers are likely to come to Taiwan.

During discussion, the Philippine side said it hopes that Taiwan will reopen to Filipino migrant workers in the next one to two weeks.

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