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According to the Department of Overseas Labour under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), in 2021, sending workers to work abroad continued to face many difficulties and challenges due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in many countries and territories.

Accordingly, 45,058 workers were sent to work abroad in 2021, accounting for only 50.06% of the plan assigned in 2021. Of whom, 19,531 workers were sent to Taiwan (China); 19,510 to Japan, 1,036 to the Republic of Korea; and 713 male employees were sent to Singapore.

In 2022, the Department of Overseas Labour will focus on implementing tasks and solutions to complete the tasks assigned by the Government and the MOLISA of sending 90,000 Vietnamese workers to work abroad.

In particular, workers will be sent to markets with high and stable income.

The Department will also complete and promote the signing of agreements on labor cooperation with the receiving countries; and closely coordinate with diplomatic missions and relevant agencies of the receiving countries/territories.

In addition, it will also closely monitor the situation of workers working abroad, promptly handle arising problems, ensure the legitimate rights and interests of workers; coordinate with media, press, relevant agencies and localities in communicating and disseminating the Law on Vietnamese workers working abroad under contracts and guiding documents of the Law.

The MOLISA requested to maintain and stabilize traditional labour markets, gradually expanding to new and potential markets such as Europe, Australia and Israel.

In addition, it is necessary to focus on ensuring legal rights and interests of workers and supporting them to work abroad, especially in the context of the multifaceted impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic./.