Number of workers heading abroad doubled from 2005

Media outlets in Taiwan reported Wednesday that the number of workers leaving the country doubled between 2005 and 2015.

The government statistics office last month released its figures for 2015. The reports cited this data, which shows that some 724,000 workers went overseas in that year. That's compared with 340,000 who left Taiwan in 2005.

An official with the National Development Council said Wednesday that poor wage growth is one reason for the increase but other factors are also involved. She said these include the global distribution of industry and young people's desire to gain overseas work experience.

Despite the increase, the trend also shows signs of levelling off. The official cited figures for the years 2013-2015, when the number of workers leaving stayed close to 720,000.

Source: Radio Taiwan International