Nat'l Immigration Agency celebrates 8 volunteers for multicultural, rights efforts
By Bernie Su ,Special to The China Post
July 26, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The National Immigration Agency (NIA) recently held the 2014 NIA Volunteers Recognition Ceremony, in which NIA Director-General Mo Tien-hu (莫天虎) publicly lauded eight exemplary volunteers, encouraging their contribution toward multiculturalism and human rights.
During the ceremony, Mo stated that the NIA has been recruiting independent volunteers from universities since 2012. The student volunteers take time from their daily lives to care for and reach out to new immigrant children, visit shelters housing foreigners who have exceeded their visa duration and to assist in counseling new immigrations.
The ceremony also sought to strengthen the sense of honor and cohesion within its corps of volunteers as well as to display the positive results of the government's care programs for new residents and foreign individuals.
Student volunteer Jan Shu-chiau (詹舒喬) of Tung Hai University said during the ceremony, "When I volunteer, the foreigners whom I interact with have approved of the assistance from the NIA and the volunteers, and have been grateful of our efforts."
Director Rafael Fernandez-Pitar of the Council of the European Union Development of Justice and Home Affairs was also in attendance as a guest lecturer on "Examples on the Prevention and Solution of Illegal Immigration." During his lecture, Fernandez-Pitar shared his experiences with Taiwanese immigration officers, in hopes of improving local efforts in the prevention of illegal immigration.