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Philippines to Taiwan: Fair recruitment in review

In the same way as the Philippines economy is heavily reliant on remittances from its emigrants, so Taiwan’s high-income economy relies on immigrants to support its vital manufacturing sector, including its resource intensive electronics sector. This economic interdependence can yield significant benefits for the Filipino migrant workers recruited to work in Taiwan. The Philippines is frequently held up as the origin state that does more than any other to protect its overseas workers, and Taiwan has earned a reputation as a progressive, rights-respecting state. Both countries have robust legal and regulatory frameworks to manage the recruitment and employment of foreign workers, and when these systems function as they have been designed, the positive outcomes for workers are evident...

The Philippines and Taiwan perform creditably in many of the key areas relating to fair recruitment. The Philippines has deployed significant resources and has implemented an impressive domestic and overseas bureaucracy to protect its overseas workers, and Taiwan for its part has laws and mechanisms that can be effective in extricating workers from abuse and exploitation, and has taken steps to ensure that migrant workers can change employers. Yet many thousands of workers are still falling through regulatory cracks and enduring serious abuses as a result.

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