Vietnam: 10,000 workers to the Middle East

This year, about 10,000 workers are expected to go to Middle East, a potential market for Viet Nam’s labour export in 2008.The figure will include 5,000 workers sent to Quatar, 2,200 to the United Arab Emirates and 2,000 to Saudi Arabia, said the Overseas Worker Management Department of the Ministry of Labour, War Invalid and Social Affairs.

According to the Air Service and Commercial Company (Airseco), a leading business in labour export to Middle East, Saudi Arabia has the largest demand for workers, about 900,000 people a year for different jobs. About 15,000 Vietnamese are working in the country.

After signing a labour agreement on with Viet Nam, Quatar agreed to receive 25,000 Vietnamese workers this year.

The department said that to expand Viet Nam’s labour market and well manage overseas workers, the Government has allowed establishing Vietnamese worker management offices in Dubai and Qatar.

Last year, the Middle East received more than 9,000 workers from Viet Nam . Vietnamese workers in this region have been appreciated for their cleverness and industriousness. However, they sill face difficulties in language and find not easy to get used with the region’s hard weather conditions.

Besides the Middle East, the labour export sector has paid attention to the newly-restored traditional labour markets in Eastern Europe, with the target of sending 85,000 workers to these markets this year. (Vietnam Agency)

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