Oct 08, 2019 / 11:56

Over 100,000 Vietnamese sent to work abroad in nine months

The Hanoitimes - In September alone, 12,656 Vietnamese workers got a pass to work overseas, an increase of 8.45% year-on-year.

Some 104,317 Vietnamese laborers were sent abroad in the first nine months of 2019, up 2.15% against the same period last year, according to latest data of the Vietnam Association of Manpower Supply (VAMAS), local media reported.

Among them, Taiwan (China) and Japan currently receive the most Vietnamese employees, with nearly 91% of the workers chosing as destination in the past nine months.
 
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In September alone, 12,656 Vietnamese workers got a pass to work overseas, an increase of 8.45% year-on-year.

VAMAS said that in the first nine months of this year, only four markets namely Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and Romania each approved around a thousand Vietnamese or more guest workers. 

The Overseas Labor Management Department under the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs said that Japan, Taiwan and South Korea are the most attractive labor markets for Vietnamese workers.

Meanwhile, fewer workers were sent to the Middle East and Malaysia due to the worsening security and working conditions. 

Among these, the Japanese market is currently at the top of the list, becoming an attractive destination for Vietnamese workers not only because of good wages, but also for the chance for them to upgrade their science-technology knowledge and skills.

Some other markets such as Europe and the United Arab Emirates are also expanding their orders. High-income countries such as Australia, the United States, Canada, Finland and Italy are also targeting Vietnam's labor export in the coming time.

Deputy Director of the Overseas Labor Management Department Nguyen Gia Liem said that although there is still a need for recruiting unskilled Vietnamese workers to do less qualified jobs, the upcoming trend will be the preference for skilled laborers.

According to the report titled "Finance for sustainable development in Vietnam" by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in 2018, Vietnam was among the top 10 countries in remittances in the world. Of the total remittances sent to Vietnam, the United States is the largest source, accounting for 55%, followed by Australia, Canada, France, Germany and South Korea.

The main groups sending remittances to the home country are overseas Vietnamese and guest workers. The overseas Vietnamese in the US, Canada, Germany and France account for the majority or 80-90% of the total remittances.

Labor export accounts for a small proportion of 6-7% of total remittances, but it is increasing with the rapid growth in labor export to countries like Japan and South Korea.