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Illegal migrants blamed for social problems in Taiwan

A report by Taiwan’s Control Yuan – the official investigatory agency that monitors the four other branches of the government – has asked for greater effort and collaboration among the authorities to combat illegal migrant labor and related social problems.

The investigation report drafted by the four members of the Control Yuan, namely Lee Yueh-der, Chen Ching-tsai, Chang Jen-hsiang and Yang Mei-ling, was approved in a joint meeting by two standing committees – one on domestic and ethnic-minority affairs and the other on finance and economic affairs – on Thursday, the China Times reported.

The National Immigration Agency of the Ministry of the Interior was slammed and urged to make a better effort to meet policy goals by strengthening the investigation and handling of unlawful activities of illegal foreign workers in Taiwan.

As of the end of June, there were 689,824 migrant workers in Taiwan, but 51,404 persons were noted as illegal migrants without valid work permits because they had run away from their employers.

Though the number of illegal migrants in Taiwan had been getting slightly lower, an upward trend has been observed since last year, which created concerns as violent crimes and drug-related problems involving foreign nationals were being frequently noted as well.

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