25,000 foreign workers illegal in Vietnam

As many as 77,087 foreigners from more than 60 countries and territories are working in Vietnam, of whom 24,455 are unlicensed, according to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA).

Those from China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia and other Asian countries account 58 percent of the total, from the UK, France and other European countries 28.56 percent, and from other countries 13.5 percent.

Male workers make up 89.9 percent, and those aged over 30 represent 86 percent, said a MOLISA report.

The current session of the National Assembly Standing Committee on August 21 will question MOLISA Minister Pham Thi Hai Chuyen over pressing issues, including management of foreign workers in Vietnam.

She is also scheduled to talk about policies on vocational training and job generation for ethic people.

Under a resolution approved by the National Assembly, this year Vietnam aims to generate 1.6 million jobs, reduce the unemployment rate in urban areas to 4 percent, and raise the ratio of trained workers to 46 percent.

In the first six months of this year, about 734,000 jobs were generated, meeting 46 percent of the yearly target.

Job generation is a big challenge to the labour sector when domestic and global economies are currently trying to surmount difficulty.

The report said the ministry is implementing a training programme to equip workers with high professional skills, cultural knowledge, and physical strength, in order to meet spearhead industries’ demand.

However, vocational schools have so far this year received 525,000 students, meeting only 28 percent of the yearly plan.

The ministry will develop vocational training models closely linked to craft villages, commercial farming areas, and agricultural businesses.