"The Taiwan Higher Education Union yesterday urged the government to extend eligibility for the education and labor ministries’ COVID-19 relief programs to foreign students."

"Many foreign students at Taiwan’s universities and colleges who have been living in the nation for a long time and have been affected by a local COVID-19 outbreak have been unable to apply for assistance, it said."
"One lecturer told the union that they last week received a message from a Vietnamese student saying that she had planned on working part-time this summer to save money for her living expenses next semester, but she has been unable to find work due to the COVID-19 outbreak."
"Many countries have provided international students with the same kind of assistance they offer to local students — or even special assistance — since the pandemic began, it said."
"When planning its relief policy, the government should consider everyone living in Taiwan who is facing difficulties due to the outbreak.

Like Taiwanese citizens, foreign migrant workers and students also live in this country and are indispensable to society, the union said."
"Only by including everyone living in Taiwan in the government’s relief policy would the true meaning of the phrase “one island, one life” be realized, it said, referring to a slogan frequently used to promote COVID-19 prevention efforts in the nation."

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