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Number of foreign workers in South Korea nearing 1 million

Posted by jaypee 48 days ago Republic of Korea
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The number of foreigners employed in the South Korean labor market is nearing 1 million. Four out of 100 people working in the country are noncitizens. For the most part, foreigners employed in the country are working at small companies in poorly remunerated jobs. The increasing number of working foreigners is also having a considerable effect on wages and other labor conditions in the lo

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Japan quietly accepting foreign workers — just don't call it immigration

Posted by jaypee 36 days ago Japan
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Send us your construction workers, your care givers, your store clerks — but for a limited time only.

That’s the message from Japan, where the number of foreign workers, though still relatively small, has nearly doubled over the past eight years, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party is considering policies to speed up arrivals.

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Migrant workers are being ‘severely overworked’: Tsai

Posted by jaypee 134 days ago Taiwan
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President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday said that foreign migrant workers are overworked and her government is hoping to better protect their rights.

Human rights protection is an important issue, Tsai said in a meeting with US Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Susan Coppedge, who is a senior adviser to US Secretary of State John Kerry.

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Foreign workers reform bill passes first reading

Posted by jaypee 170 days ago Taiwan
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An amendment to allow foreign workers to remain in Taiwan without having to leave the nation when they have worked for three years passed its first reading at the legislature’s Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee yesterday.

The amendment to the Employment Service Act (就業服務法) would allow foreign workers who have lived in Taiwan for more than three years to be r Read More


Foreign workers first included as factor of lower wages in study

Posted by jaypee 331 days ago China PR
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A study commissioned by the Ministry of Labor listed the introduction of foreign workers as one of the contributors to Taiwan's wage stagnation, the first time foreign labor is included as a factor in lowering salaries by an official study in over a decade.

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Immigrant workers play increasingly important role

Posted by jaypee 309 days ago Republic of Korea
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When President Park Geun-hye visited an industrial complex south of Seoul last March, most of the small-business executives there cited the difficulty in securing manpower as their biggest problem.

In a 2015 survey of small and medium enterprises, 60.7 percent of respondents also said they could not find young people willing to work on manufacturing lines.

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Call for change to migrant system - Taipei Times

Posted by jaypee 298 days ago Taiwan
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The governments of Taiwan and the Philippines should cut out labor brokers and take direct responsibility for the placement and protection of migrant workers, a Philippine labor activist said in Taipei yesterday.

“The brokers’ fee system should be junked because it’s useless — brokers will not help us if we run into problems,” Gilda Banugan, the chair Read More


China to lure more foreign workers and investment by relaxing ‘green card’ rules

Posted by jaypee 295 days ago China PR
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China is hoping to attract more overseas talent and investment by making it easier for foreign nationals to obtain a “green card”.

Permanent residency was presently open to too few foreign nationals and standards for granting the status were too high, said state news agency Xinhua, quoting a directive from the State Council and the Communist Party’s Central Commit Read More