Vietnam to send 125,000 laborers abroad in 2024

By VNA   February 20, 2024 | 05:05 pm PT
Vietnam to send 125,000 laborers abroad in 2024
A Vietnamese worker at a factory in Japan. Photo by VnExpress/Uy Van
Vietnam aims to send 125,000 laborers abroad to work under contracts in 2024, focusing on key traditional markets such as Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.

According to Nguyen Nhu Tuan, deputy head of the Information and Communication Division under the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, about 63,000 laborers are expected to be sent to Japan, 48,000 to Taiwan and 8,500 to South Korea.

Vietnam will prioritize sending workers to potential markets to take safe, relevant jobs that bring high incomes, Tuan said.

The ministry will continue to improve the quality of workers sent abroad, and prioritize sending laborers from disadvantaged areas and policy beneficiaries overseas. The ministry plans to expand labor markets offering high-income and recruiting jobs that are relevant to Vietnamese workers' skills, he said.

He said sending workers abroad is not simply about creating jobs and income for workers, eliminating hunger and reducing poverty, but also a way to train and develop human resources for the country in the future.

In 2023, Vietnam sent more than 159,000 workers abroad under contracts, reaching 133.3% of the yearly plan.

This is the highest number of Vietnamese laborers working abroad in more than 10 years.

Key traditional markets continued to receive a large number of Vietnamese laborers, with Japan receiving more than 80,000 workers, Taiwan more than 58,000 workers, and South Korea more than 11,000.

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