Taiwan is hoping to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with South Korea to cement cooperation on immigration affairs and anti-human trafficking, the head of the National Immigration Agency said on Sunday.
National Immigration Agency Director-General Hsieh Li-kung (謝立功) made the remarks during a trip to South Korea during which he visited its immigration administration and discussed anti-human trafficking measures with officials.
Hsieh said the two countries are facing similar issues concerning migrant workers, foreign spouses and overstayers, as well as the prevention of human trafficking.
Immigration has become a global issue that requires international cooperative mechanisms, he added.
Hsieh said the government’s efforts to protect human rights and prevent human trafficking had led to Taiwan’s improved ranking in the annual Trafficking in Persons Report by the US Department of State.
In this year’s report, Taiwan was listed in the highest “Tier 1” category for a second straight year. Taiwan and South Korea were the only Asian countries given top ranking in this year’s report. This also shows Seoul’s close attention to human trafficking, Hsieh said, adding that Taipei could also learn from Seoul’s success in this area.
Hsieh invited his South Korean counterpart to attend an agency-organized international workshop on human-trafficking prevention scheduled for late October.