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December 1994 Volume 1 Number 11
Foreign Workers in Taiwan
In mid-November, Taiwan approved major investment projects proposed by 11 firms, and announced that they would be allowed to employ up 1,276 foreign workers on the projects. Firms undertaking investment projects worth over NT$ 200 million are permitted to import foreign workers until 30 percent of their workforces on these projects are foreigners. (See Migration News, November, 1994.)<< back
On October 20, Taiwan's Employment and Service Act was amended to increase fines for illegally hiring foreign workers to up to three years in jail or a maximum NT$ 300,000 fine. Taiwanese employers reported that 850 legitimately hired workers ran away from their jobs in January 1994, and 3495 in September. Most of these foreign workers had reached the two year maximum on their work permits. Current penalties are deportation for runaway workers and fines for the employers.
China Economic News Service November 17, 1994. Business Taiwan, November 14, 1994.