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Việt Nam seeks to send more workers to Germany: minister

Update: September, 26/2019 - 16:54
A meeting between the delegation of Việt Nam's Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and the Baden-Württemberg's Ministry of Economics Affairs, Labour and Housing Construction in Germany, on Tuesday local time. — Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam has proposed Germany sign labour co-operation agreements which will allow more Vietnamese to work in the European country, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs announced on Wednesday.

Labour minister Đào Ngọc Dung made the suggestion during meetings with authorities of the federal state Baden-Württemberg and the Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce during his visit to Germany on Tuesday local time.

Dung asked Việt Nam and Germany to strengthen bilateral labour co-operation by signing an agreement on career training between the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training and Baden-Württemberg’s Ministry of Economics Affairs, Labour and Housing Construction.

He also proposed another deal on receiving Vietnamese workers between the state’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration and the Department for Overseas Workers Management.

That agreement would open the path for more Vietnamese nurses to work in Germany, which currently has great demand for elderly caretakers.

There are about 1,000 Vietnamese nurses working in Germany at present.

The German officials welcomed Dung’s proposals, saying that they would try to ink the agreements as soon as possible.

The state minister of Economics Affairs, Labour and Housing Construction Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut said Germany’s new migration law would come into effect since March 1, 2020.

“It will be of great timing to receive more non-EU workers, including those from Việt Nam,” she said. — VNS

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