guest-worker programs

Governing at a Distance or at Arm’s Length: The Divergence of Labor Migration Policy in Taiwan and South Korea

Facing labor shortages and looming economic challenges, East Asian countries decided to open their labor markets and recruit low-skilled foreign workers. For example, Taiwan adopted a guest-worker program in 1992 that heavily involved private recruitment agencies as labor mediators, whereas Korea launched a temporary labor migration program in 2003 through government-to-government agreements.

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