Yes they get to stay 14 years and that is an improvement. But what is questionable is whether blue collar workers should be denied a privilege given to white collar workers.
I understand white collar workers can apply for ROC citizenship after five years continued residence. But they have to give up their original citizenship?
What we have now is that the law was amended to say that blue collar workers will not be given this privilege.
That is at least somewhat racist as blue collar workers are mostly from SE Asia, Phillippines, Thailand and other “less desirable” ethnic groups. And white collar are more likely from more advanced nations and are more likely non SE Asian, Philippino, Thai? And also there is no flood of white collar immigrants to Taiwan who want to get citizenship and give up their original citizenship. There may be a flood if they open up to SE Asians.
This is like the plight of the Turks in Germany. Who I am not sure to this day are given citizenship? They were given the right to live and work in Germany but to my knowledge, not citizenship/ Someone tell me if this has changed.
So it is an infringement of human rights.
Blue collar workers are not given a lot of free time, are discouraged from being able to have relationships with other blue collar workers and if they do get married and have kids, their kids are not able to get Taiwan citizenship. I am not sure if they are even allowed to get married?
There is a lot that is not right here.
Blue collar workers in Taiwan are thus less human.
And that is not “right”.
Slavery comes to mind.
Except they are free to leave (but unable because they have no money in most cases and have mouths to feed).
Blue collar workers should be able to reside in Taiwan for the same number of years as white collar workers , and then be able to obtain citizenship. And all the rights that offers.
Yes Taiwan is overcrowded already but the low birthrate will lead to stagnation . And yet they wont open up the gates to young people who want to become citizens.