Taiwan may limit entry to Vietnamese workers

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Taiwan may limit entry to Vietnamese workers

Taiwan may limit the entry of Vietnamese workers into its territory since the number of Vietnamese workers who flee their workplaces in Taiwan has increasingly grown, Vietnam’s Overseas Labor Management Department has warned.

we Vietnamese workers waiting for carrying out procedures to go to Taiwan Photo: Lao Dong

About 6,000 Vietnamese workers quit their jobs in Taiwan every year as from 2003 for many reasons, the department said.

As of December 31, 2011, 49,000 Vietnamese workers, 30,000 of them female, have fled their companies in Taiwan, accounting for 41 percent of the total number of foreign workers quitting jobs in the territory. Of these workers, 35,000 have been deported to Vietnam.

On average, 550 Vietnamese workers disappeared from their workplaces every month last year.

There are different reasons for their quitting, but the main one is that they want to seek another job with higher pay to make up for the high cost they have paid as fees to labor export businesses or to their Taiwanese employers authorized by Vietnamese labor exporters to collect the fees.

Under current regulations, a worker is required to pay US$3,800-4,500 for a job under a 3-year contract in Taiwan, but according to an inquiry of the Taiwanese Labor Committee, the actual payment amounted to $5,000-6,000 on average and in a number of cases, it increased to $6,500-7,000.

Currently, about 15,000 Vietnamese workers are working illegally in Taiwan.

In order to ease the situation, the department has requested that all labor exporters comply with the regulated fee rates.

The agency has coordinated with the Taiwanese Labor Committee in preventing Vietnamese workers from quitting jobs and in repatriating those who have fled from their contractual workplaces.

Vietnam now has more than 93,000 workers who are working in Taiwan, ranking second after Indonesia among the countries that have sent workers to Taiwan. The average income of Vietnamese workers at Taiwanese companies is US$650 per month.

Every year, Vietnam sends about 39,000 workers to Taiwan, representing 30 percent of the total number of Vietnamese workers sent abroad.

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