Taiwan is refusing to hire new workers from the Philippines after the country's coast guard shot dead a Taiwanese fisherman.
That has put huge pressure on Taiwan's industries which are heavily reliant on overseas labour. More than 80,000 Filipinos are working in Taiwan.
President Ma Ying Jeou has been criticised by some for setting unrealistic deadlines for action from the Philippines and by others for not being tough enough.
Al Jazeera's Rob McBride reports from Taipei.