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Vietnam - Workers to be fined when overstaying foreign assignments

08 May 2013

Vietnamese labourers staying in foreign countries beyond the expiry of their labour contracts may be fined up to VND 100 million (USD 4,800).

The proposal is expected to be submitted soon to the Government, said Director of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs' Department of Overseas Labour, Nguyen Ngoc Quynh.

Quynh added that the department also planned to require Vietnamese labourers working in South Korea under the Employment Permit System (EPS) to leave some money home as a deposit.

The proposal is one of the measures suggested by Vietnam to regain acceptance for its labourers after South Korea suspended all future arrivals. The ministry hopes to send about 85,000 Vietnamese labourers abroad this year.

In the department's report, the rate of Vietnamese labourers, overstaying in foreign countries in the first quarter of this year fell by nearly 7% compared to the same period last year. However, the reduction is still not enough for South Korean officials. General Director of the EPS Centre in Vietnam, Choi Byung Gie, said that the rate should be reduced about -20%.

South Korea and Vietnam plan to conduct an inquiry into Vietnamese labourers overstaying their contracts in foreign countries. According to the labour ministry, more than 50% of Vietnamese guest workers sent to South Korea stay there illegally, because they can work there with high pay. The figure was about 8,500 in 2012 and 2011.

The highest rate of overstaying workers are those from Ha Noi, Bac Ninh, Hai Duong, Nghe An, Phu Tho and Thanh Hoa. 

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