Premier Su Tseng-chang (
"Most of them feel alone here in Taiwan because of culture shock and language problems. We want to make them feel at home," Su said.
He made his remarks during the weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday morning.
The Ministry of the Interior's report on how to help foreign brides adjust to their new lives in Taiwan prompted Su's comments.
He asked his Cabinet to do more to help Taiwanese welcome the brides. The premier said a welcoming attitude to foreign brides could help Taiwanese diplomacy as well.
"Ten years ago, we hardly had a chance to deal with a foreign bride at a government office. However, today, these foreign brides and their children can be found everywhere and they need additional help from us to get used to the environment and integrate," the premier said.
Everyone a winner
"The foreign brides' family members back home will have a friendly attitude toward us if we treat these brides well," he said.
The premier suggested that community services and medical treatment were top priorities because these are the first things foreign brides may need assistance with after arrival.
"We want to make them feel at home mentally and physically," he said.
Su said that foreign brides also brought new cultural perspectives to Taiwan and that Taiwanese people should learn from these, respect the brides and treat them like family.
"They are married to Taiwanese men, so they are most certainly our family," he said.
Su also expressed concern over the falling birthrate.
He urged ministry officials to come up with incentives for couples to have more babies.