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How would migrant workers in Taiwan be affected in case of war with China? | DW News ctm magazine



Recent tensions between China and Taiwan are also having an impact on a somewhat hidden community – south-east Asian migrant workers in Taiwan. According to official records, there’s nearly 700,000 of them working on the self-governing islands. Most of them are from Vietnam, Indonesia or the Philippines and they work mostly in factories and as caregivers. But the uptick in tensions across the Taiwan Straits has left them worried for their future in the event of a dangerous escalation.

DW Correspondent Zachary Lee reports.

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44 Comments

  • L. Hsu on September 20, 2022

    Taiwan 🇹🇼💪💪💪

  • An Cud on September 20, 2022

    because God loved the world so much that he gave his only son Jesus Christ for all mankind so that any man who believes in Jesus Christ may inherit eternal life through him if we confess our sins Jesus Christ is faithful and just to forgive us and only through Jesus can we inherit eternal life32

  • UN based Order on September 20, 2022

    Something DW doesn't let you know. Japanese govt already discussed with TW govt the procedures of retreating their citizens.
    Why no such discussion before the current ruling party DPP in office?

  • Digital Formosan on September 20, 2022

    She is right and wrong about the south-east Asian workers, because their situation is caused by agents and middleman arranging everything. They often take their passports away and these Asian government trade offices refuse to cooperate with Taiwanese authorities, which is due to missing diplomatic relations.

  • papi on September 20, 2022

    American lobbyist would persuade their government to stay out of this conflict if they want their iPhones to be “affordable”

  • AAA P on September 20, 2022

    TSMC has set up an advanced semiconductor foundry in the USA west. Also Morris Chang the founder of TSMC was a US Citizen prior to gaining Taiwanese citizen. He was not a native Taiwanese. He worked his career in IBM and Texas Instruments to learn the craft his parents fled mainland china and immigrated to US early on. Initially IBM was a large investor in TSMC before TSMC bought the shares out.

  • kick Ass on September 20, 2022

    Those who fuel Chinese war machinery should be held responsible for this war…I'm sure it will reach u too ..

  • Eduard Roehrich on September 20, 2022

    There is nothing to worry about. The CCP will NEVER EVER attack Taiwan by force or military action for the same reason they will NEVER EVER allow free and democratic elections in China – because they're afraid of losing, losing in the literal sense and losing face. – And if they do either of those things anyway, the same thing will happen in both cases: total and utter defeat, and they know it.

  • Deepsea Chanel on September 20, 2022

    In Thailand There are people who use government tools in the wrong way, but the big ranks can't do anything. Makes me hear scolding voices in my head all the time. incitement to do things, I have been for more than 10 years, Sri Tanya, I have passed but it must be patient
    Pisayabut Prisana

  • Gautham Inuyasha on September 20, 2022

    China is no more than a paper tiger, like a dog barking at the sun non stop

  • Bruce Wayne on September 20, 2022

    Inviting a young scholar to talk about their research. That is great difference between DW and the BBC and other American media platforms!!

  • Fabian Wee on September 20, 2022

    Taiwan is now use as an ignitor.. Bloody western nation are the culprit in co-hood with the hegemony boss

  • Valorzinski on September 20, 2022

    The most important one: China taking back Taiwan via military force means no more toilet paper for Americans

  • frantisek polach on September 20, 2022

    Thanks for covering an important topic which most mainstream media completely ignore!

  • Gee Lee on September 20, 2022

    Whatever the guest said is true, Taiwanese are only good to white people, they look down on people with dark color and people from South East Asia.

  • Bin Mo on September 20, 2022

    after Ukraine, now USA and NATO would like another war around China

  • lilac npink on September 20, 2022

    There will be no war, China is crumbling down.

  • Paul Weaver on September 20, 2022

    Why were Laborers from Taiwan recruited to work on the Canal through South America by the country's funding it that all hate and despise America?
    They recruited only Nation's hostile to the USA and what role besides Laborers did Taiwan play?
    That was part of China's gig too how many more are secretly hostile to the USA while making enormous profits from our citizens?

  • Rulo Thomé on September 20, 2022

    the cuestion is: where will they get the shabu(meth) from?

  • John Hsu on September 20, 2022

    The war won't last longer than a week. There is no worry at all.

  • Arthur J on September 20, 2022

    When China says it will take back Taiwan at all cost, remember, we could all be the “cost”, you and I.

  • rollingdownfalling on September 20, 2022

    I am more interested in India than Taiwan at the moment. Taiwan News said they're going to focus more on India in the coming months. Narendra Modi for some reason is going to meet up with Xi tomorrow in Uzbekistan. Beats me why India is so friendly with China at the moment.

  • rollingdownfalling on September 20, 2022

    DW Deutsch is kind of different to DW international.

  • Carson on September 20, 2022

    Ya, being the number 1 contributer is definitely not being active in the war in Ukraine. US might as well stop contributing more than Europe since it doesn't effect them and people don't see it.

  • 泽明 on September 20, 2022

    Taiwan is part of china 🇨🇳

  • Newday Newmoney on September 20, 2022

    China will never attack Taiwan because their know how strong Taiwan is

  • Hu Wenkai on September 20, 2022

    Now, let's note that the United States will definitely treat China completely different than Russia, for the power China wields is stronger and superior than Russia. So while China will continue to pressure Taiwan (ROC), it will not wage war, for the risk is omnipresent, at least for now. Besieging, without firing, is a better option for China, and even Xi Jinping preferred a peaceful method, opposite to Vladimir Putin's all-out confrontation and expansionism. Don't forget, Russia is now only a junior partner to China, and China has interests in keeping Russia on its side.

  • genuinenness befitting on September 20, 2022

    The increase in criminal acts of foreign workers, such as hunting in parks, stealing dogs and killing them for food, fishing in restricted areas, and causing injuries due to non-compliance with traffic rules, do not conform to Taiwanese norms. It has seriously affected the social order in Taiwan. These low-level manufacturing industries should not continue to develop, and foreign workers should also be gradually reduced.

  • Silas Larsen on September 20, 2022

    It would be tricky as the PLAN would like blockade the island. Evacuation flights might be able to be arranged.

  • Eyes WIDE SHOT on September 20, 2022

    THEY CAN fly back!

  • jamesmit100 on September 20, 2022

    The lady is not telling the truth at all. I wonder if she can get a degree ever.

  • Gwyn on September 20, 2022

    "US did not intervene the war in Ukraine" lol

    Yes, they might not physically in there but intel wise they're definitely in there along with NATO. How the heck do you think Ukraine is winning now?

  • abmong on September 20, 2022

    Like with what happened with Ukraine, their countries will arrange rescue transports. For those who choose to remain, I'm sure Taiwan will appreciate their help if they are willing to join the defense forces.

  • Sazzbot on September 20, 2022

    Stop worrying. China can not afford a war. Their economy and imports of energy and imports of food will collapse if they start any war.

  • Drew Hinners on September 20, 2022

    The US didn't directly intervene in Ukraine but it's undeniable that their support is really holding Ukraine up. Part of why they didn't intervene was to pivot more to support Taiwan.

  • m on September 20, 2022

    A dangerous escalation will happen for both China and Taiwan. China's big coastal cities such as Shanghai will not be spared. Also, all trade passing Taiwan will stop which is not what China wants.

  • very good on September 20, 2022

    If an immigrant understands that s/he is not a citizen, is it fair to demand a citizen treatment?

  • Daniel Chen on September 20, 2022

    Don't worry too much, folks. That'll never happen, China don't have that abilities, never.

  • Chris K on September 20, 2022

    1:17 Except the U.S. did intervene. We are helping the Ukrainians defend themselves and their land with an incredible amount of military hardware.
    Taiwan needs to show the same backbone as the Ukrainians if or when attacked, and I have no doubt the U.S. will intervene on your behalf as well.

    If you roll over like Afghanistan to the Taliban you cannot expect much help!

  • censor bleep on September 20, 2022

    We ready over here in Taiwan. We'll roll out the Ukrainian welcome mat for those dogs. They better pray that Xi gets finished before he sends them over here . . . where THEY will be finished. It's too far to swim back home after Xi abandons his troops to their fate on OUR island.

  • Eric Mc Pherson on September 20, 2022

    Not to worry they are only paying around for the moment, but the Chinese are haunted with the upgrading of their military hardware, they need to showoff their power.

  • KarthikSoun on September 20, 2022

    China was a WEAK country facing Famine and unrest. USA created this monster economy. Guess why? Comment.

  • Wesley White on September 20, 2022

    Let me Correct this, How the world will be effected.

  • رحاب on September 20, 2022

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