This week the China Post reports that the number of Taiwan people visiting Australia on a work holiday basis increased 46.3 percent last year compared to 2010, the highest among nations, said the Australian Office in Taipei.
A policy announced by the Australian government in November 2004 removed the upper limit to work holiday visa issuances for Taiwan youths. The move put Australia as a more popular work holiday destination for Taiwanese people compared to nations where upper limits are in place, including New Zealand, Japan, Canada, Germany, Korea and the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile, Australia has abundant job opportunities, which are another draw for Taiwan youths, the trade office said.
According to the trade office, work holiday visas issued to Taiwan youths between June 2006 and June 2007 numbered merely 2,312. The number increased to 6,137 between 2007 and 2008, 9,242 between 2008 and 2009, 10,175 between 2009 and 2010, and over 13,000 between 2010 and 2011.
In fact, youths coming to Australia on a work holiday basis have increased from all over the world, yet the increase was especially noticeable among travelers from Taiwan, the trade office said.
Source: The China Post