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Firms warned: Don't send staff to Angola

Update: April, 02/2013 - 10:04

HA NOI (VNS)— The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs has not allowed any enterprise to send workers to Angola, the ministry's Department of Overseas Labour has announced on its website in a bid to warn against vacancy ads that recruit workers to work in the African country.

The department said Vietnamese professionals specialising in health, agriculture and education sectors currently working in Angola had been sent there under labour co-operation agreements between Viet Nam and Angola years ago.

It noted that in recent years, many Vietnamese workers had come to Angola to work without legal labour contract as they were deceived by attractive promises of some enterprises and individuals.

Many were subject to unsafe working environment and working outside the law, which led them to being caught by the local police and then deported home.

Currently, vacancy ads about job opportunities in Angola can easily be found on some websites such as or

At a meeting held by the Viet Nam Association of Manpower Supply with labour export companies last week, Le Van Thanh, deputy director of the department, reported that its recent working visit to Angola found that the working conditions and financial capacity of companies in that country did not meet their expectations.

He said sending workers to Angola would be posing them to risks, that is why the department decided not to allow labour export to the country through the arrangements by enterprises for the time being.

According to the Vietnamese Embassy in Angola, occupational accidents and diseases claimed the lives of 18 Vietnamese citizens last year.

The department warned that those who wanted to go to work overseas should be cautious against the appealing ads and promises of enterprises and individuals to avoid deceptions.

It also announced that those having questions about labour opportunities overseas should contact the department directly or its labour assistance office, the local Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and local job placement centres, for accurate information. — VNS

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