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22 Vietnamese illegal workers arrested in Taiwan

By Phan Anh   March 16, 2019 | 06:19 am PT
22 Vietnamese illegal workers arrested in Taiwan
A night market in Zhongli, Taiwan April 10, 2015. Photo by Shutterstock/Pisitphol
22 Vietnamese arrested Thursday on suspicion of working illegally in Taiwan could be deported, the Liberty Times reported Friday.

They were arrested during a raid on an underground construction project in Hsinchu County after the Coast Guard Administration officials in Kaohsiung got a tip-off.

Of the 22, 13 were working immigrants, 6 were tourists and 3 were visiting their relatives in Taiwan.

Two Taiwanese employers could also be prosecuted for their involvement in the case for violation of the Employment Service Act, and face fines of $4,860 to $24,300, the report said.

Taiwan has become a sought after destination for Vietnamese seeking jobs overseas ever since it lifted a 10-year ban on certain categories of Vietnamese workers in 2015.

Vietnamese workers in the territory can earn $700 - $800 a month, three or four times the typical remuneration in Vietnam.

Last year, 65,000 Vietnamese workers were sent to Taiwan, accounting for nearly half of Vietnam's overseas workforce.

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