Taiwan's government is considering easing immigration regulations for migrant workers and foreign students to combat the labour shortage and problems associated with the country's declining birthrate, said Interior Minister Lin Yu-chang. The plan may include allowing caregivers and construction workers, often required to leave after their contracts, to stay and potentially gain citizenship. The minister also suggested foreign graduates may be allowed to extend their job search period from 12 months to two years and possibly reducing wage requirements for post-study employment. Lin emphasized the urgency of revisiting immigration rules as Taiwan is predicted to become a super-aged society by 2025, with those aged 65 or older making up over 20% of the population.
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