Viet Nam sends over 37,900 workers abroad in Q1
VGP - As many as 37,923 Vietnamese were sent to work abroad in the first three months of 2023, up 15 times against the same period last year, according to the Department of Overseas Labor Management.
The above figure includes 12,872 women, equivalent to 34.48 percent of the year target, said the department.
In March alone, 9,494 workers, including 3,420 women, were employed abroad, 8 times higher than the same period last year.
Japan was the top importer of manpower from Viet Nam with 5,224 people, followed by Taiwan (nearly 3,440), China (273 male workers), Hong Kong (137 male workers), the Republic of Korea (48 male workers), Hungary (124 workers), Romania (25 workers).
In 2023, Viet Nam targets to send 110,000 workers abroad under labor contracts, focusing on traditional markets and new occupations with higher pay in Europe, said the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs.
The ministry suggested Japan consider accepting workers in various industries and tax exemption for Vietnamese interns.
The Japanese government plans to gradually expand the professions and fields available to foreign interns, especially those from Viet Nam.
Meanwhile, more European countries have said they are interested in recruiting Vietnamese workers.
Since March 2022, many countries have reopened borders to foreign employees, including those from Viet Nam.
Along with expanding overseas labor markets, improving the quality of Vietnamese workers qualified to work abroad is also the department's focus in 2023 as it would help increase incomes and establish the position of Vietnamese workers in foreign markets.
The ministry said it will promote the disemination of policies, laws and information on overseas labor markets in a bid to raise awareness of guest workers, thus contributing to prevent and limit fraud and law violations.
Viet Nam sent 39,743 laborers abroad in the fourth quarter of 2022, raising the number of Vietnamese guest workers in the year to 142,779, or 158.64 percent of the initial full-year target. Japan was the largest recipient of Vietnamese guest workers as it recieved more than 67,000 people./.