Taiwan will beef up its efforts to promote working holiday programs with European partner countries, as statistics show that very few European youths have taken advantage of the programs.
The government has signed reciprocal working holiday agreements with nine countries, including four European countries: Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Belgium.
Each year, thousands of Taiwanese youngsters use such schemes to visit Europe, but not as many European youths do so to visit Taiwan, said Yaser Cheng (鄭泰祥), deputy director-general of MOFA’s Department of European Affairs, yesterday.
Since the Taiwan-United Kingdom Youth Mobility Scheme took effect in 2012, only 30 young Britons have visited under the project.
In contrast, some 1,000 Taiwanese have visited the UK under the scheme each year, Cheng said.
Furthermore, only 80 Germans have taken advantage of the working holiday scheme since it took effect in 2010, while some 200 Taiwanese youths have traveled to Germany annually.
Cheng said that many envoys of European countries in Taiwan have told him that the Taiwan government needs to do a better job attracting young foreigners to take advantage of the working holiday agreements.
He said the ministry’s representative offices in Europe will work with partner countries to promote Taiwan’s tourism and cultural attractions so that more foreigners will use the pacts.
The other five countries that have signed reciprocal working holiday programs with Taiwan are New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Canada and South Korea.
Source: The China Post