De­spite loan of­fers, many re­luc­tant to work abroad

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HAØ NOÄI — The num­ber of peo­ple liv­ing in poor dis­tricts who have taken up of­fers to work abroad re­mains very low.

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, en­ter­prises and labour ex­port co-oper­a­tion pro­grammes have in re­cent years of­fered as­sis­tance to help peo­ple find jobs in other coun­tries.

Re­cently the Min­istry of Labour, In­valids and So­cial Af­fairs of­fered 100 per cent loans to help peo­ple pay for travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion while abroad.

In 2017, there were 134,751 labour­ers work­ing over­seas, an in­crease of 28.3 per cent against the year’s tar­get. Women made up nearly 40 per cent of all Viet­namese peo­ple work­ing in other coun­tries.

Although the labour ex­port ac­tiv­i­ties in 2017 in­creased against 2016, labour ex­port only de­vel­oped in the low ly­ing and ur­ban ar­eas, ac­cord­ing to the min­istry.

In north­ern Hoøa Bình Prov­ince although the Gov­ern­ment had so­lu­tions to pro­mote and pri­ori­tise the im­ple­men­ta­tion of projects to send peo­ple in poor ar­eas to work abroad, few peo­ple took up the of­fer.

Nguyeãn Thanh Thuûy, deputy di­rec­tor of Hoøa Bình Prov­ince’s De­part­ment of Labour, In­valids and So­cial Af­fairs told Noâng thoân ngaøy nay ( To­day Coun­try­side) news­pa­per that each year, the prov­ince spent VNÑ500 mil­lion sup­port­ing labour-ex­port en­ter­prises but the re­sult was still low.

As well as cul­tural is­sues, Viet­namese work­ers also had prob­lems due to their lim­ited so­cial aware­ness and ed­u­ca­tion.

Hoøa Bình Prov­ince has co­or­di­nated with the Ko­rean lan­guage train­ing cen­tre to or­gan­ise a course for 100 lo­cal peo­ple, but, ac­cord­ing to Thuûy, only five passed.

Huynû hHoàÑaiï Nghóa,fromHCM City’s TEXGAMEX Labour Ex­port Cen­tre, said so­lu­tions to sup­port poor labour­ers go­ing abroad haven’t re­ally been ef­fec­tive.

Many poor peo­ple who wanted to work abroad still couldn’t ac­cess loan sources, Nghóa said.

He also said sup­port for the poor, un­der­priv­i­leged and peo­ple who had sold land for road or tourism projects, eth­nic mi­nori­ties, was dif­fer­ent in each lo­cal­ity.

He used an ex­am­ple of a Chaêm eth­nic mi­nor­ity man liv­ing in Cuû Chi Dis­trict, HCM City.

Cuû Chi Dis­trict’s Pol­icy Bank would give loans to poor, eth­nic mi­nor­ity peo­ple, but be­cause this man’s fam­ily had some money, they re­fused his loan.

In­stead he had to bor­row from friends to pay for his trip.

For many com­pa­nies, it was dif­fi­cult to find labour­ers in poor and dif­fi­cult ar­eas to go abroad. Leâ Nhaät Taân, deputy di­rec­tor of LOD Cor­po­ra­tion, said.

What’s the so­lu­tion?

By the end of 2017, Thöøa ThieânHueá Prov­ince Peo­ple’s Com­mit­tee is­sued a num­ber of poli­cies to sup­port lo­cal work­ers go­ing abroad in 2017-18, aim­ing for 2,600 labour­ers, in­clud­ing at least 300 peo­ple from eth­nic mi­nori­ties or with lit­tle wealth.

Haø Vaên Tuaán, di­rec­tor of Labour, War In­valids and So­cial Af­fairs De­part­ment of Thöøa ThieânHueá Prov­ince, said there had been a num­ber of labour con­sul­tant bu­reaux and re­cruit­ment drives in the first two month this year in the prov­ince. The de­part­ment co-op­er­ated with the lo­cal gov­ern­ment to or­gan­ise four job fairs and labour ex­port re­cruit­ment drives.

More job fairs are planned in

poorer ar­eas.

Ac­cord­ing to ini­tial sta­tis­tics, this year there has been 99 cases of peo­ple go­ing to work abroad un­der guest worker con­tracts.

The prov­ince set a year plan of send­ing 1,000 work­ers over­seas.

“Along with the Gov­ern­ment’s fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to work­ers, the prov­ince also gives loans of VNÑ50 mil­lion (US$2,200) to poor house­holds,” Tuaán told the pa­per.

To push the ac­tiv­ity, of­fi­cials need to set plans to help the poor find work over­seas which should be ad­dressed in key com­munes. — VNS

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