The number of Indonesian workers in Taiwan suspected to be terrorists or to have taken part in Islamic State activities is less than 10, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) said Wednesday.
"The National Security Bureau has provided such a list," NIA Director-General Ho Jung-chun (???) said, adding that the number has been in "single digits" as of this year.
He said that the NIA has monitored its suspects and has kept tabs on those on the list.
"After they depart from Taiwan, we ban them from re-entry," Ho said.
Ho made the remarks at a Legislative committee hearing when asked by Legislator Chen Chi-mai (???) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party if Indonesian workers coming to Taiwan have been suspected of being terrorists or have taken part in IS activities.
The legislator expressed concern amid reports that after Taiwan was listed among the participants of the U.S.-led Inherent Resolve operation against IS, 69 Taiwanese academics, experts and businessmen have been put on an IS abduction list.
Chen further asked if the risk of Taiwan being attacked by terrorists has increased over the past three years.
National Police Agency Director-General Chen Kuo-en (???) said it continues to receive information on the matter.
When asked if the number on the controlled list has increased to 182, Ho said that the number is about 200.
Ho said that the increased number shows that Taiwan has received a lot of information from a wide range of sources.
He further said that Taiwan repatriated 20 suspected terrorists last year. All of them were making transit stops.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel