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Restrictions on Transnational Gay Marriages Lifted, Following Four Years of Advocacy

In one of the last outgoing acts of Premier Su Tseng-chang’s cabinet, the Ministry of the Interior announced that restrictions on transnational gay marriages would be lifted last night. This took place through the Ministry of the Interior issuing a letter to the Department of Household registration asking it to amend relevant procedures. It is expected that the changes will be implemented after the Lunar New Year...

Tax Rebate Delayed Until At Least April, Following Opposition Pushback

Political contention continues over the Tsai administration’s proposed 6,000 NT tax refund. Namely, the proposal has come under fire from opposition lawmakers. Although it was originally expected that the tax fund would be issued as early as next month or possibly in March, because of the failure of the proposed refund to clear the legislature, now the refund is not expected until April...

Control Yuan Calls for Reform of Migrant Worker System for Agricultural Sector

Control Yuan members Wang Mei-yu, Wang Yu-ling, and Upay Radiw Kanasaw held a press conference late last month to call attention to the lack of pathways for migrant workers to work in the agricultural sector. Namely, compounded with the agricultural sector’s shortage of workers, this has resulted in a “symbiotic” relationship between the agricultural sector and migrant workers that have fled their workplace, commonly referred to as “runaway” migrant workers...

Legislation Aims to Deter Property Speculation

New legal changes that have cleared the legislature aims to deter speculation on property prices, at a time in which real estate has become unaffordable in Taiwan for all but the wealthy. This is particularly the case for young people, with it currently requiring one to not eat or drink for sixteen years in order to purchase real estate in Taipei. Likewise, as with many other places in the world, there are many empty housing units in Taiwan because they are held by developers or wealthy individuals hoarding properties. 11.94% of homes, consisting of 876,000 units, were empty in 2020...