What can be done to help our SEA friends currently suffering

They shouldnt open restaurants. Other indian restaurants already existing would never allow any new indian restaurant to come and sell food at lower prices. They just need to have their own tiny stalls selling food at affordable prices.

It’s pretty much the same point, isn’t it. They won’t be able to legally do that while here as migrant workers.

Well its time taiwanese learn the word “jugaad

Migrant workers took to the streets of Taipei to demand an end to the exploitative brokerage system and improved bilingual services from government agencies.


Indonesian crew working on Taiwan’s distant water fishing boats launched a campaign over the past year for Wi-Fi access on all vessels. In the first part of a special report, TaiwanPlus looks at how their quest to stay in touch while out at sea has been going.


The average monthly salary for foreign blue-collar workers was NT$32,000, a drop of NT$120 compared to the same period last year. The average monthly wages for domestic caregivers was NT$23,000, an increase of NT$2,105.

According to the survey, 60.6% of foreign caregivers are granted days off every month, and 57.7% listed receiving “one time” per month, followed by 25.6% having “two to three times” off per month. About 39.4% did not report having any days off.

Wow, 61% of them get days off every month? Like every single month? That’s pretty lazy. Those generous Taiwanese employers should be working them harder!

Also worth emphasizing that this seems to be another employer survey, aimed at “understand[ing] the views of employers”. :roll:


Havent watched yet.

The book, “Underground Lives – Stories Untold for Migrant Workers in Taiwan” (移工築起的地下社會), is one of the latest efforts by a Taiwanese author to detail and flesh out the lives of these people who are almost invisible in Taiwanese society, especially given their increasing importance.
Every two hours a migrant worker in Taiwan suffers an occupational injury, and the chance such injuries will leave them disabled or dead is two or three times higher than that for Taiwanese workers, wrote Chien in the book, where he documented how Taiwan has become “a hazardous island” in the words of migrant workers.
Taiwan’s migrant worker policy regime “has maintained its labor-commodifying nature” decades after it was first introduced, recognizing migrant workers’ “economic value” but restricting their “social rights,” wrote Chien.
“When the Taiwanese government first brought migrant workers into the country, it had ‘guest workers’ or those who were destined to return home after a short stay in mind,” said Chien.
“Since the beginning the government has ‘prevented migrant workers from becoming immigrants’ as their sole priority in policy thinking,” Chien told CNA.
He warned that even if human rights is not really the government’s top concern – which would be noticeable as Taiwan always touts itself as a human-rights-based nation – the situation is worrying enough if one looks at it from the perspectives of the economy and labor shortages.
“I think now is the time for the Taiwanese public to engage in a necessary discussion on the issue,” he stressed. “If they inevitably are to be immigrants in this country, we need to engage in much learning and preparation.”