Taiwan, Ireland ink working holiday agreement

Focus Taiwan News Channel reports on Taiwan and Ireland having inked an agreement on a reciprocal working holiday program that will allow young adults to work and travel in each other’s country starting next year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.

The program, which will take affect Jan. 1, 2013, will provide an annual quota of 400 visas for people from Taiwan and Ireland aged between 18 and 30, allowing them to visit each other’s country for tourism, work or privately funded studies, the ministry said in a statement.

Young people will be able to broaden their “international horizons through learning the language and gaining an in-depth understanding of the culture, society and lifestyle of the host country,” the statement read.

Ireland is the eighth country to sign a working holiday agreement with Taiwan, after Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and the United Kingdom.

Taiwan will be the seventh country to participate in Ireland’s working holiday program, following Argentina, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea, the ministry said.

“It is believed that broader and closer exchanges under this program will foster long-lasting friendship between the youth of Taiwan and Ireland,” the ministry added.

Taiwan is now in talks with other European countries, such as Belgium, on signing working holiday agreements, said a high-level foreign affairs official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Working holiday programs have been well-received by Taiwanese young adults. To date, some 57,000 Taiwanese have taken advantage of the programs for international exchanges, the ministry said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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