Vietnam: Workshop on the Protection of migrant workers

18 Jan 2008   |  Advocacy Campaigns   |  Press Release  

A two-day workshop on the Protection of Migrant Workers was organized in Hanoi by the Vietnam Lawyers’ Association, supported by the Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers, and the Southeast Asia Regional Co-operation in Human Development (SEARCH) project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency. The Workshop is to prepare for the Vietnam National Consultation on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of the Migrant Workers. The Vietnam Lawyers Association in partnership with the Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers will jointly organize the consultation, key participants will include the VGCL - Vietnam General Confederation of Labour,  MOLISA - Ministry of Labour, MOFA - Ministery of Foreign Affairs and others concern organizations.

12 January 2008

HA NOI — The Vietnam Lawyers’ Association expects to gather experience on international legal standards and mechanisms for protecting Vietnamese people working abroad from foreign and domestic legal experts, said the association\'s chairman, Pham Quoc Anh.

The country hoped to double the number of people working overseas to onemillion by 2015, Anh told representatives at a two-day workshop, entitled International, Regional and National Laws and Mechanisms on the Protectionof Migrant Workers, held in Ha Noi yesterday.

The workshop is part of the Southeast Asia Regional Co-operation in Human Development (SEARCH) project funded by the Canadian InternationalDevelopment Agency.

A report from the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs showed that there were about 470,000 Vietnamese people working in more than 40 countries and territories. About 80,000 labourers were annually sent towork abroad on average, accounting for five per cent of the country’stotal labourers. Almost all labourers were working in Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, Japan or countries in the Middle East.

Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan said the Government was focusing on fulfilling legal requirements on sending Vietnamese people to work overseas.

\"The system will be in line with the country\'s current condition and with international laws, protecting participants, especially the rights and interests of labourers,\" said Ngan.

Ngan said her ministry, in co-ordination with relevant sectors and local authorities, had regularly watched, discovered and penalised violators.

Deputy Chairman of the Viet Nam Federation of Labour Nguyen Hoa Binh said most labourers sent to work abroad lacked knowledge of labour regulations, social situations and the laws of the countries where they were working. —VNS

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