|Deputy Foreign Minister To Anh Dung
He was speaking at the Introductory Meeting on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietnam has seen an increasing number of its citizens migrating abroad while welcoming a huge influx of foreign migrants in the past years, Dung said, stressing the nation is completing policies to facilitate legal and safe migration, prevent human trafficking, and protect rights of the migrants.
Adoption of the GCM in December last year is a significant move for Vietnam to promote international cooperation in the field while creating a basis for authorities to complete migration policies, Dung said.
Acting head of IOM Mission in Vietnam Mark Brown described migration from Vietnam to countries outside the region as a complicated issue.
He said although strong growth in migration brings Vietnam a great source of knowledge and huge amount of remittances, several challenges have arouse from it such as those issues related to the rights and benefits of the migrants.
Vietnam has expressed its strong commitment to promote the GCM in order to ensure win-win benefits for all parties, he added.
Meanwhile, Standing Deputy Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem said the GCM is part of the efforts to effectively manage migration and reduce risks at the global level so that immigration could become a driving force for cooperation among all nations in the context of globalisation and strong development of value chains.
The meeting covered popularisation of GMC contents, Vietnam’s engagement in building and adopting the compact, and priorities and plan to carry out the GMC in Vietnam. Experts also discussed measures to improve human trafficking prevention work, contributing to enhancing legal and safe migration.
There are over 272 million migrants around the world, accounting for 3.5 percent of the global population, and 74 percent of them of the working age. In Vietnam, over 100,000 people work aboard and tens of thousands of people get married with foreigners every year, while more than 300,000 foreigners are living and working in the nation.
Currently, over 500,000 Vietnamese labourers are working in 24 countries and territories worldwide.
The GCM was approved at the UN General Assembly’s 73rd session on December 19, 2018. It comprises 23 objectives for better managing migration at local, national, regional and global levels.