Sat, Jun 02, 2007 - Page 4 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

■ TRAVEL

UK changes cash allowance

The British government announced a new upper limit on the amount of cash that travelers can carry with them when entering the UK from non-EU countries or when they travel from the UK into non-EU countries, the Bureau of Consular Affairs said yesterday. From June 15, travelers will not be allowed to carry more than 10,000 euros (US$13,437) in cash into or out of the UK if they are traveling from a non-EU country or leaving the UK to travel to a non-EU country, the bureau said. Travelers who carry more than the maximum amount will be required to fill out a declaration form.


■ POLITICS

Pension hike proposed

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislative caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) said yesterday that his caucus would next Monday propose an increase in the monthly pension for elderly farmers from the existing NT$5,000 to NT$6,000. The controversial issue was discussed at the party's caucus meeting yesterday, but no consensus was reached as some of its members said that the government should place a priority on advancing the national pension program instead of increasing farmers' pensions.


■ SOCIETY

Marriage brokers banned

Lawmakers agreed on Thursday to an amendment to the Immigration Law (入出國及移民法), putting an end to the controversial interracial marriage broker industry. Effective immediately, cross-border marriage brokers will be banned from doing business. To help combat international human trafficking, a special clause was added to the amendment allowing the issuance of a work or residence permit to foreign victims of sexual abuse or human trafficking during the investigation into their cases in Taiwan. The amendment also eased regulations governing residency for foreign-born Taiwanese children who have Taiwanese nationality.

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