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NIA gives new immigrants best Chinese New Year gift: job leads

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The National Immigration Agency (NIA) yesterday released “lucky bags” containing job vacancies for new immigrants to draw as a pre-Chinese New Year celebration gift.

Taiwanese-Polish model Zozo Chen was invited as a spokeswoman for the free-for-all draw held by the NIA, 1111 Job Bank and other organizations. Chen has been dubbed “Little Larisa” by local media due to her resemblance to Ukrainian model Larisa Bakurova, who is also active in Taiwan.

Born to a Taiwanese father and a Polish mother, Chen was the first new immigrant to join the company-founding lessons the NIA and 1111 Job Bank held for new immigrants; she strolled down a catwalk at the event after the Electric-Techno Neon Gods (電音三太子) opened the celebration with a dance number.

The celebrations were the joint effort of organizations including the NIA, 1111 Job Bank, Songshan Ciyou Temple and I-Mei Foods, and were held to usher in the Year of the Horse.

Many unemployed and job-seeking new immigrants attended the event, looking for their ideal job among the ten job categories posted on the horse-shaped “job-hunting wall,” where 520 red envelopes were glued and held a variety of job vacancies. After the new immigrants drew jobs in line with their interests, 1111 Job Bank would assist them in getting in touch with those businesses.

“The Chinese New Year event is especially meaningful; we are not only celebrating the holidays and experiencing Taiwanese customs, but also offering job opportunities to new immigrants,” said NIA Director-General Hsieh Li-kung (謝立功).

1111 Job Bank also set up booths at the venue that provided information concerning job-hunting, company-founding and lessons on career training for new immigrants.

Starting today, the government has included foreign and Chinese spouses among those who are entitled to labor retirement pensions by law; employers are required to turn 6 percent of each new immigrant employee's salary over to the government as a pension.

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Taiwanese-Polish model Zozo Chen, right, holds up a microphone for National Immigration Agency Director-General Hsieh Li-kung (謝立功), center, in Taipei, yesterday. Both attended an early Chinese New Year celebration held for new immigrants that are looking for jobs. (CNA)

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