影/困臺老外面臨窘境! 無奈喊話「我們需要工作」 | Foreigners stuck in Taiwan want to work

【看CP學英文】新型冠狀疫情爆發後,有許多來自各國的遊客因此被困在台灣,他們成立了支持小組,以尋求在台工作的機會。

Tourists from all around the world suddenly found themselves trapped in Taiwan in the early stages of the pandemic; some of them being unable to return to their home countries. To help deal with this abrupt turn of events, some have formed a support group to seek help in finding a job in Taiwan. 

來自阿根廷31歲房地產經紀人莉亞照著原定計劃開始東南亞之旅,中途在台灣轉機時,發現航班竟被取消。由於新冠病毒肆虐全球,許多國家陸續頒布禁令不允許任何人入境。因此,莉亞別無選擇,只能待在台灣,直到能搭上回家的班機。

Lea, a 31-year-old real estate agent from Argentina, had been on a Southeast Asia tour when she suddenly found herself stuck in Taiwan because of a layover flight.

Due to the pandemic, many countries began to close borders, and Lea had to stay in Taiwan after her flight got canceled.

Left with no other choice, Lea had to wait out the pandemic in a foreign country.

最終,Lea聯繫上一名願意提供她住宿的法國人。莉亞表示,她遇到許多處境相似的外國人,這也促使她於4月8日在臉書創建了名為「Stuck in Taiwan-Best Place to Be」的粉絲團。

Luckily, she got in contact with a French woman who was willing to provide her with housing.

Lea said that she had also found many foreigners who were in a similar situation, which then inspired her to create a support group on Facebook called “Stuck in Taiwan — Best Place to Be” on April 8.

粉絲團的成立目的是為提供因疫情受困台灣的外籍人士一個互助平台。社團成員來自世界各地,包含法國土耳其黎巴嫩阿根廷和美國等等,他們目前正積極尋求幫助。

The ultimate purpose of the support group is to provide a platform and community of assistance for foreigners who are stuck in Taiwan due to the pandemic.

Currently, foreigners from France, Turkey, Lebanon, Argentina, and the United States have joined the group to seek help.

粉絲團在近日一起拍了一段影片,裡面不僅向台灣的朋友們分享他們自己為什麼來台,被困在台灣多久,同時也向台灣政府道謝。他們都認同台灣是最安全的地方,很開心能在這時候待在台灣。然而,他們亦表示因為大多以旅遊簽來台,已超過原先預計要待的時間,金錢不足的情況下,希望台灣能補發短暫的工作簽讓他們在台灣也能盡一份心力,靠自己好好在這生活。

The support group recently posted a short video online not only sharing with Taiwan why and how they arrived here, but also thanking the government.

In the video, many expressed the sentiment that Taiwan is an extremely safe place to be while the virus continues to spread in other countries and said they were very happy to be here.

However, as most had arrived with a tourist visa, the extended trip has led to money running out and left them with no way to work.

To this, many in the group expressed their desire to work to support themselves in Taiwan and appealed to the government for a temporary working permit.

他們在影片中找工作是社團成員們的主要目標,因此,許多人正想盡辦法申請工作簽證。然而,由於大多數外國人僅持有旅遊簽證,若要在台申請工作簽證,因涉及法律程序也相當困難。

While finding temporary jobs is the main priority for many foreigners in the support group, many also want to apply for work visas. Since most foreigners came on tourist visas, it is extremely difficult for them to apply in Taiwan because of the administrative requirements involved.