Cherng-tay James Hsueh (2014). Empowering the Family: Under Impacts of Demographic Changes and Global Financial Crisis. CIFA 4th Regional Symposium—Visioning the Future of Families: Policy and Practice. Shanghai, China (2014/11/13-15).
This paper contains two parts: first, introducing the fast demographic changes in Taiwan and the concomitant increase on economic disadvantages, and second, introducing two short-term welfare measures during Global Financial Crisis, supporting near poor families with full time workers and providing the college graduates one year internships in various industries with payment provided by the government. These measures along with other packages accelerated the time span of recovery and enhanced family functions; in particular, it aimed to prevent people falling into welfare dependency and social exclusion during the economic recession period. The question raised in the paper was how the Nation was going to fight against the economic recession, while ,under the impact of fast population changes, keeping the disadvantaged families from crumbling apart?
Keywords：Global Financial Crisis, Near Poor, Welfare Dependency, Work-fare