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Taiwans considering to lift travel entry ban of migrant workers to ease labor shortage

Taiwan is now considering lifting the entry ban on migrant workers first put in place in late 2020 due to the height of COVID-19 pandemic in the county.

This consideration is to address the country's  labor shortage problem, that businesses in Taiwan rely on transfer applicants but still not enough.

Inter-ministerial discussions are underway in the hope of lifting the entry ban, Minister of Labor Hsu Ming-chun said.

Currently, there are over 5,000 Taiwan-bound Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) stranded.

All affected Filipino migrant workers to Taiwan were advised to coordinate with their respective agencies through the Labor Department and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration for immediate assistance. 

The proposed measures include providing proof of a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and 14 days of home quarantine followed by a seven-day period of self-health monitoring.

The total number of migrant workers in Taiwan passed 700,000 in September 2018, according to labor ministry statistics.

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