Taiwan started to attract foreign PDWs in the 1990s, especially women from the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. Domestic workers are almost half of the total migrant population. They are currently excluded from labour law protection. Workers’ groups are campaigning for a new Household Service Act. Their focus is also on violence against women, a compelling topic for migrant PDWs. The Taiwan case is interesting for intra-regional comparison with India and the Philippines, but also for a comparison with destination countries in Europe.
Country-expert: Pei Chieh Hsu
Local workshop: January 2017