HA NOI – Australia, Canada, some European countries, Laos and Cambodia will be targeted by Vietnamese wanting to work as guest in foreign countries this year, the Government's website said yesterday.
The focus was to create a wider range of options in foreign labour markets for Vietnamese guest workers, to dispatch more skilled workers and to earn higher incomes, the website said.
Among new European countries targeted were Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania and Poland, said Dao Cong Hai, deputy head of the Overseas Labour Management Department under the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs.
Many labour export companies had already started sending Vietnamese guest workers as seasonal fruit pickers to Finland and Sweden. However, the number of Vietnamese was modest compared to that of other nations.
Some labour export companies had worked with partners in the USA and Canada to seek guest labour contracts in what were the best destinations in the world in terms of working and living conditions and salaries.
Workers entering those labour markets had to meet stringent language and labour skill requirements, plus go through lengthy visa procedures. This tended to limit the number of Vietnamese workers receiving work visas for USA and Canada.
Meanwhile, Laos and Cambodia guest labour markets had great potential for Vietnamese workers in the fields of agriculture, chemistry and pharmacy, the Viet Nam Labour Export Association said.
The number of Vietnamese workers in Laos and Cambodia had accounted for 10-15 per cent of the nation's total guest workers, department figures showed.
Viet Nam currently has 500,000 guest workers spread across more than 40 countries and territories. Malaysia, Chinese Taipei and South Korea are the largest destinations of Vietnamese workers.
In recent years, Viet Nam has tried to expand its guest labour market to the likes of Italy, Canada, US, UK, Brazil and the Middle East.
The main stumbling block has been language or insufficient number of workers qualified to meet the country's needs.
In general, however, these new countries provide promising markets, but only for skilled guest workers. – VNS