Staff writer, with CNATaiwanese are empathetic to migrants and refugees because of the nation’s history and status as an immigrant society, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said in a letter to Pope Francis. “We see them as an infusion of new strength and a force for cultural diversity,” Tsai wrote. In response to the pope’s call for compassion for refugees, Taiwan is also providing long-term support for Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan and Burmese refugee camps in Thailand, Tsai said. The pope’s message would hopefully “increase awareness and lead to action that relieves the misery of immigrants and refugees throughout the world,” she said. The Holy See is Taiwan’s only diplomatic ally in Europe and one of 20 worldwide.
Source: Taipei Times January 13, 2018 15:56 UTC