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500 guest workers in S Korea overstay visas

Update: March, 18/2013 - 09:15

THAI BINH (VNS)— Only 137 of 637 guest workers from the northern province of Thai Binh sent to South Korea have returned home after their labour contracts expired in 2012 and earlier this year, according to the provincial Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.

This has prompted the local authorites to work with the overstayers' families to encourage them to return.

The preferential policies of South Korea to workers who meet the deadline have been publicised in local broadcasts.

Vu Thi Tham, a department official, blamed the situation on the lack of penalties for violators. —VNS

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