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Mob arrested over maids' money misery

Posted by jaypee 154 days ago Hong Kong SAR
http://www.atimes.com — Hong Kong police believe a money lending syndicate offered loans to 1,200 Filipino domestic helpers and seized the borrowers’ passports and employment contracts as collateral

Two Hong Kong residents and eight Filipino domestic workers were arrested on loan sharking charges in a police operation on Sunday and Read More

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Japan treats 1 million foreign workers as ‘non-existent’

Posted by jaypee 20 days ago Japan
http://www.asahi.com —

Foreign workers in Japan are increasingly being seen as a valuable resource amid Japan’s declining birthrate and growing elderly population.


However, recent headlines in the media express concern about the influx of immigrants.


“Should we accept immigrants?” one publication asked.


Another worried that, “What will happen if foreigners become our Read More

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Group urges help for foreign workers fleeing bad work - Taipei Times

Posted by jaypee 18 days ago Taiwan
http://www.taipeitimes.com —

Employment Service Act (就業服務法) regulations should be revised to allow greater flexibility for foreign workers who flee illegal labor conditions, labor rights advocates said yesterday during a protest outside the Ministry of Labor in Taipei.


“For the responsible agency to ignore a worker’s rights just because a new administrative rule has not passed amounts to truly for Read More

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New Taipei launches website to help filter migrant worker brokers

Posted by jaypee 15 days ago Taiwan
http://focustaiwan.tw —

Taipei, Aug. 1 (CNA) The New Taipei City government on Tuesday launched a website to allow employers of migrant workers to check information about brokers and recruitment agencies in the city and thus filter out agencies that have a history of malpractice.

On the website, employers can search for brokers and recruitment agencies that have government ratings and check the nation

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Korea moves to limit E-9 visa extensions for foreign workers

Posted by jaypee 12 days ago Republic of Korea
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr —

Foreign workers who hold the E-9 non-professional employment visa will no longer be able to have unlimited extensions under new Korean government rules.

Applicants will only be able to extend the visa once, with a maximum stay of four years and 10 months, the Ministry of Justice said, according to Yonhap news agency Thursday. The ministry is working with the

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