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 April 1, 2011  Posted by  Non-U.S., Surveillance

Pia Rufino reports:

The Taiwan government is planning to impose biometrics requirement for migrant workers and foreigners applying for residence status in the country for national security purposes, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

“Since anti-terrorism has become a global trend, Taiwan will follow the lead of the United States, Japan, Canada and the European Union in imposing the biometrics requirement for foreign nationals entering the country,” the ministry said.

The requirement, which is yet to be approved by Executive Yuan, is part of a series of new measures in a proposed revision of rules governing foreign applicants for Taiwan resident visas.

Biometrics requirement will first be applied to migrant workers from Southeast Asian countries to prevent those with criminal records from entering the country using fake identities, MOFA stated.

There are 300,000 migrant workers in Taiwan at present.

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