Keelung mayor: Our city cares for migrant workers

The mayor of the northern port city of Keelung, Lin Yu-chang, says his city is seeking to do more to help foreign workers feel more at home. The mayor was speaking to RTI on Tuesday.

Lin said many foreign nationals live and work in Keelung, particularly from Indonesia. He said city hall has set up a one-stop window to serve foreign workers, as well as providing talks to provide them with relevant information.

Lin said the city has organized an event to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the Islamic festival marking the end of Ramadan, for the past two years. Last year’s event was attended by over 1,000 people, the majority of them from Indonesia.

Holding an event to celebrate Eid is equivalent to our Lunar New Year celebrations. Our thought was to show care for our foreign workers and support them and in this way let them feel that Keelung or Taiwan is a friendly city or country for them, whether they are engaged in caring for our seniors or other lines of work.

Lin’s efforts are representative of many local governments around Taiwan promoting the New Southbound policy. The policy is the Tsai administration’s effort to forge closer ties with countries in Southeast and South Asia, as well as Australia and New Zealand.