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Su announces creation of new immigration agency

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday introduced a new immigration agency whose official launch will be held on Jan. 2.

"In recent years, an increasing number of visitors, including foreign brides and workers, have come to Taiwan to enjoy our way of life," Su said during the weekly Cabinet meeting.

"We need a new government body like this agency to take care of the problems that may arise," he said.

"Once it begins operating, the first priority for this new agency will be to crack down on human smuggling," he said, adding that the creation of the new agency is "a perfect role model" for other government offices when it comes to merging functions and responsibilities.

The new immigration agency has yet to be given a name.

It will have full authority over issues related to the management and handling of foreign residents, including drafting immigration policies, interviewing foreign brides to screen out marriages of convenience, providing consultation services and other assistance to immigrants and improving foreigner detention mechanisms.

"This agency will combine the functions of the Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission, the Ministry of the Interior's House Registration Department, the National Police Agency's (NPA) Foreign Affairs Department, the Aviation Police Bureau, the Harbor Police Bureau and the NPA's Immigration Office. It should make things more efficient," Su said.

The new agency will have 2,378 employees on its payroll, and Immigration Office Director Wu Chen-chi (吳振吉), a former high-ranking police officer, will be made the first director-general.

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