HA NOI — The labour, invalids and social affairs ministry's (MOLISA) department of overseas labour (DOLAB) has warned overseas workers about the risks of working illegally in the Republic of Korea (RoK).
|Vietnamese overseas labourers arrive in the RoK. — Photo baotintuc.vn
Deputy head of the department Tong Hai Nam said at a press conference on Tuesday that if overseas labourers worked illegally in the RoK, they would not be protected by RoK laws if they were abused, worked without payment or if the payment was lower than the regulated amount. They would not enjoy unemployment subsidies and health insurance, he said.
In addition, illegal residents are liable to be fined a maximum of 40 million won (US$32,900) or sentenced to a year in jail.
The warning came as RoK media reported that 28 among 59 Vietnamese who went missing on Jeju Resort Island in the RoK, had been found by RoK authorities as of Saturday.
The missing people were part of a group of 146 Vietnamese tourists who had travelled from Ha Noi to Jeju Island on a six-day trip.
Nam said the information that the missing people were trying to stay in the RoK to look for jobs had not been confirmed.
An investigation into the incident was under way, he said.
Since 2012, MOLISA has taken measures to cope with the high rate of Vietnamese workers overstaying illegally in the RoK after the expiry of their contracts.
There are 60,000 Vietnamese labourers working in the RoK, while 35 per cent or 15,000 Vietnamese workers are overstaying illegally in the RoK under the Employment Permit System framework. — VNS