December, 21 2012 11:01:59

Migrant workers receive support

People search for information on overseas jobs at central Quang Tri Province's Job Promotion Centre. Many migrant workers need aid to ensure safe working conditions. — VNA/VNS Photo Ho Cau
HA NOI (VNS)— Access to information and support services plays an important role in ensuring safe labour migration, Jobst Koehler from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said in Ha Noi on Wednesday.

Koehler was speaking at a workshop on safe migration held by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affair (MoLISA) in co-operation with the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

The IOM has established the website hotrolaodong-ngoainuoc.org, to provide information and support for those who work overseas when they have problems.

MoLISA Deputy Minister Nguyen Thanh Hoa said his and other ministries had run a co-ordinated search for information on policies and demand for guest workers in partner countries.

"We aim to protect guest workers working abroad from being cheated by local employment intermediary services," Hoa said. He added that in recent years,Viet Nam had almost completed a system of laws and regulations for Vietnamese working abroad.

Specifically, MoLISA had co-ordinated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensure the safety of migrant Vietnamese workers. This included opening more overseas representative agencies and setting up hotlines as well as actively participating in international agreements, he said.

Viet Nam has signed agreements on labour co-operation with many countries and territories, including South Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Laos, Qatar, Russia and Bulgaria.

The ministry is co-ordinating with IOM in the establishment of offices of migrant information in many localities in Viet Nam.

Among the problems encountered is the poor standard of foreign languages acquired by Vietnamese workers - and their low awareness on laws and regulations in other countries.

In the last three years, nearly 40 out of 97 Vietnamese people working in the construction and production sector in Malaysia have made complaints about labour abuses and violations of working contracts.

According to MoLISA, about 500,000 Vietnamese workers are working in 40 countries and territories, providing annual remittances of US$1.7-2 billion.

Viet Nam annually sends about 85,000 men to work overseas, accounting for more than 5 per cent of total employed Vietnamese nationals. — VNS

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