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Ugandan asylum seeker given way to stay in Taiwan after 7 years

TAIPEI, Aug. 9 (CNA) The National Immigration Administration (NIA) on Tuesday began processing residency applications for Ugandan asylum seekers who have been stuck in a seven-year immigration stalemate due to Taiwan’s lack of refugee law. announced.

On Monday, Control Yuan members Chi Hui-jung and Kao Yung-cheng arrived in Taiwan in July 2015 and were identified only by the first ‘A’ when they tried to apply for asylum. expressed concern about the plight of women After she received extreme violence and death threats in Uganda because she is gay.

According to Chi and Kao, the women were exempt from deportation but could not obtain legal entry status because Taiwan does not have a refugee law.

Since then, she has been unable to work legally or join the national health insurance system, and has been forced to rely on financial support from NGOs to survive.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the NIA said that although Taiwan does not yet have refugee laws, the woman in question has “established a new life” in the country and is not eligible to apply for residency under current law. said that there is

The NIA added that she had subsequently filed a residency petition with the NIA, which was trying to process it as quickly as possible.

In a statement, the Immigration Department said recent amendments to the “rules governing the visitation, residence and permanent residency of foreigners” would make it easier to resolve such cases in the future without resorting to deportation. I was.

This likely referred to the new wording of Section 24 of the Act, which provides that aliens who cannot be deported to their home country for “other special reasons” may be issued a temporary alien registration permit.

Meanwhile, the NIA said it plans to continue drafting refugee legislation based on international precedents and public opinion, and plans to introduce it “at the right time”.

Despite campaigns by Taiwanese civil society groups since the mid-2000s, most notably during Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests in 2019, efforts to pass a refugee law in Taiwan have stagnated. It repeatedly stalls in the legislative branch.

https://focustaiwan.tw/society/202208090026 Ugandan asylum seeker given way to stay in Taiwan after 7 years

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