The Ministry of Education and Ministry of Labour of Taiwan have received an urgent warning addressing the exploitation of international students. Human rights organisations have issued a warning highlighting their concerns about the abuse and exploitation of international learners, prompting a call for immediate action.
Multiple instances of international student exploitation and mistreatment in Taiwan have been brought to light. These instances include unpaid wages, excessive work hours, dangerous living conditions, and restricted access to healthcare.
The exploitation of international students violates not only their rights but also Taiwan’s reputation as a destination for high-quality education. As a growing number of students from around the world choose Taiwan as their study destination, it is necessary to address these issues immediately to ensure a safe and inclusive environment for all. Human rights organisations have pointed out the need for stricter regulations and monitoring methods to prevent future cases of such exploitation. They have demanded that the Taiwanese government put stricter regulations on employers who hire international students, as well as improve support systems for those affected.
In response to the warning, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labour recognised the significance of the situation and committed to taking immediate action. They agreed to strengthen cooperation between ministries and establish a broad structure to safeguard the rights and welfare of international students in Taiwan.
To address the concerns expressed, the ministries have suggested a number of measures, including enhanced inspections of employers and housing facilities, the establishment of a helpline for reporting abuses, and the provision of comprehensive orientation programmes for international students. As Taiwan grows, it is essential that the government work closely with human rights organisations, educational institutions, and international student communities to develop sustainable policies and protect the rights of all students.