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NIA touts success of new immigrant development plan

MULTICULTURAL:An effort by the NIA to help young second-generation immigrants connect with their roots is to give them the chance to travel abroad

Staff writer, with CNA

The National Immigration Agency (NIA) on Sunday staged a presentation to highlight the progress of a pilot program introduced earlier this year to nurture talent among second-generation immigrants.

The program encourages the children of new immigrants to spend part of their summer vacation in their parents’ home country to learn the language and culture, the agency said, adding that the goal is to allow second-generation immigrants to learn how a multicultural background can be advantageous in a global context.

Participants in the program were divided into two categories — individuals and groups — with each person receiving a subsidy of up to NT$30,000 (US$911).

Miaoli County senior high-school student Huang Chia-jun (黃嘉潤) talked about his experience of traveling in Vietnam for 15 days with his mother, Tang Yu-lian (唐玉蓮), during the summer break.

Huang said he met his grandfather in his mother’s hometown and shared a popular Hakka pounded tea from Taiwan with his relatives and friends.

Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) said the Assistance Fund for Foreign Spouses is to be renamed the “New Immigrants Development Fund.”

However, the annual budget is to remain at NT$1 billion, which proves the importance the government places on the wellbeing of immigrants in Taiwan, he said.

To date, the number of foreign spouses of Taiwanese nationals, or first-generation immigrants, has exceeded 500,000, while the number of second-generation immigrants is more than 350,000, Deputy Minister of the Interior Jonathan Chen (陳純敬) said.

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