Foreign maids double in aging Taiwan

Posted at 11/05/2012 12:08 AM | Updated as of 11/05/2012 12:08 AM

TAIPEI - The number of foreign maids employed in Taiwan has more than doubled since 2000 as the island's population ages rapidly, a labour affairs official said Sunday.

Maids and nannies, mainly from Southeast Asia, working on Taiwan hit more than 200,800 in September, compared with 106,331 registered in December 2000, according to statistics compiled by the Council of Labour Affairs.

"The domestic demand for maids has been on the rise while Taiwan is gradually becoming an ageing society," Huang Chiu-kui of the Council told AFP.

People aged 65 and over account for 10.74 percent of the 23 million population, above the seven percent level at which a society is defined as "ageing" by the World Health Organisation, according to the interior ministry.

A record high 442,500 foreign workers were being employed in Taiwan as of September, largely from Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand.

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