Vietnam sends over 35,900 workers abroad in Q1

By VNA   April 9, 2024 | 07:22 pm PT
Vietnam sends over 35,900 workers abroad in Q1
Laborers are about to take a Korean language test to work in South Korea, May 7, 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh
Vietnam sent more than 35,900 laborers to work abroad under contracts in the first quarter of 2024, according to the Department of Overseas Labor under the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs.

The number was down from 37,923 in the first quarter last year.

Japan and Taiwan (China) continued to be the largest recipients of Vietnamese guest workers. Other markets included the Republic of Korea (RoK), China, Singapore, Romania, Thailand, Macau (China), Saudi Arabia and Hungary.

Last year, over 159,000 workers went abroad for employment, surpassing the yearly target by 33.3%, and the highest figure recorded over the past ten years.

Over the past time, the labor ministry has worked to send more laborers overseas under non-profit programs as well as provide recruitment and related information for workers, especially those in communes with extreme difficulties. Besides, the ministry has promoted negotiations with its partners such as the RoK, Germany and Australia to expand markets in the coming time.

In 2024, the MoLISA aims to bring 125,000 workers abroad, focusing on key traditional markets such as Japan, Taiwan (China) and the RoK. The ministry eyes to have 120,000-143,000 people working in foreign countries every year, who send home total remittances of around US$3.5-4 billion.

Most recently, the government issued a plan to carry out a directive of the Party Central Committee's Secretariat on enhancing the Party’s leadership on sending workers overseas in the new situation. Along with building strategies to bring Vietnamese laborers to work in foreign countries, the plan outlines solutions to raising awareness on law observance as well as coordination mechanisms to handle worker-related issues.

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