Despite loan offers, many reluctant to work abroad
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 years 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 Provinces 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 Citys TEXGAMEX Labour Export Centre, said solutions to support poor labourers going abroad havent really been effective.
Many poor people who wanted to work abroad still couldnt 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 Districts Policy Bank would give loans to poor, ethnic minority people, but because this mans 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.
Whats the solution?
By the end of 2017, Thöøa ThieânHueá Province Peoples 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
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 Governments 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