Palau and Taiwan join forces to combat human trafficking
March 20, 2017 (Koror, Palau) Republic of Palau and Republic of China (Taiwan) signed an accord on Friday agreeing to cooperate on immigration matters and on prevention of human trafficking.
“Palau is used as a weaker link into United States and many are finding it as easier access and taking advantage of it,” stated Minister of State Billy Kuartei, who signed the agreement for the Republic of Palau.
Acting Director of Immigration Flavin Misech reported that as of this year, they have two refugee cases, a Syrian family of three and an Iranian. There are about 30 Nepalese who are here as result of human trafficking.
Under the agreement, the two countries will work together to strengthen information sharing, personnel exchanges and training. These exchanges will boost capacity of Palau in combating human trafficking and other immigration issues.
“This MOU is a symbol of strong friendship between our two countries,” stated Minister Billy Kuartei.