Monday, January 5, 2009
The Alliance for Human Rights Legislation for Immigrants and Migrants (AHRLIM): "The Government of Taiwan says that it supports human rights, but its policies always ignore the rights of immigrants and migrants. Taiwan's migratory population did not just come, all of a sudden, out of nowhere. Everybody who lives on this island comes from a family of immigrants-the only difference with today's immigrants is a question of old and new. Yet today's Taiwanese society is unsure of what to think about the new migrants and immigrants, and some in the Government and in the news media are trying to use that uncertainty to create fear and deny these new immigrants and migrants their rights. Instead of educating society about the advantages of a multicultural, pluralist society, the newspapers and TV just make immigrants and migrants look like a big problem. They try to create the idea that the new immigrants and migrants are criminals and spies, the main source of today's social ills. As the media stirs up fear in Taiwanese society, the Government promotes policies that actively prevent new migrants and immigrants from enjoying the same rights and benefits allowed to other residents of Taiwan even as they work and make a positive contribution to Taiwanese society."