Multicultural carnival to mark upcoming Migrants Day: NIA

The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A multicultural carnival will be held in Taipei today to mark the upcoming Migrants Day and will feature games, musical performances, salsa dancing and other activities, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) said yesterday. The event, jointly organized by the NIA and Taipei City, will also offer exotic foods from different countries, the agency said.

Musicians from Taipei National University of the Arts will perform musical pieces from various countries in line with the multicultural theme of the fair, which welcomes both new immigrants and residents of Taiwan, the NIA said. The U.N.-designated International Migrants Day falls on Dec. 18 every year. Since 2011, Dec. 18 has also been Taiwan’s official Migrants Day, as the country seeks to create a friendly international environment, the NIA said. NIA Director-General Hsieh Li-kung said his agency has been working to narrow the “digital gap” by helping immigrants learn to use computers. The NIA will announce at the carnival a program that offers computer courses to immigrants, Hsieh said. The fair will host activities encouraging immigrants to use computers, and gifts will be given those who register for the courses, he added.