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NIA, COA team up to help with rural labor shortage

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The National Immigration Agency (NIA) has joined with the Council of Agricultura (COA) and the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) to introduce new immigrants to jobs in the countryside.

Hsieh Li-kung (謝立功), director-general of the NIA, said that labor shortages have been an issue in agricultural areas, especially during the harvest season.

“Many new immigrants have been taking classes held by the government to learn skills that can be applied to agricultural affairs,” said Hsieh. “And through the NIA's promotion, more new immigrants are connected to farmers who need extra help during the harvest season.”

According to the NIA, the online career page for new immigrants established by the NIA and a job bank has attracted nearly 5,000 immigrants since it was founded over a year ago, and about 75 percent of the members successfully landed a job through that website.

Hsieh said that those who hire illegal immigrants will receive the minimum fine of NT$150,000 to the maximum of NT$750,000.

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