In the first six months of this year, Vietnam has sent more than 40,000 labourers to work in foreign countries, equalling to 86.5 percent of the same period last year and equivalent to 44.6 percent of the plan of sending 90,000 workers abroad within this year, according to Overseas Labourer Management Department under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (Molisa).
Of which, Taiwan market received over 14,000 workers, Korea with nearly 7,600 labourers, Japan at nearly 4,900 and Malaysia with more than 3,500 people.
Notably, in two markets of Taiwan and Korea, the number of Vietnamese workers declined strongly. In comparison with the same period last year, the volume of Vietnamese workers in Taiwan decreased over 3,500 people and the fall was over 3,600 workers in Korea.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) predicts that the continuing global employment crisis until the end of this year will pose challenges to the labour export situation in Vietnam. Yet, with the Middle East market bouncing back and some potential markets opening up, there is high hope that Vietnam will be able to achieve its labour export target set for this year.