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Some localities banned from 2019 labor exports to South Korea

Released at: 15:34, 06/05/2019

Some localities banned from 2019 labor exports to South Korea

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Labor Ministry bans based on number of previous workers not returning to Vietnam.

by Jessica Nguyen

The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) has officially sent a dispatch to the people’s committees of certain cities and provinces on suspending labor exports to South Korea this year under the EPS Program.

The EPS Program is MoLISA’s official program for exporting Vietnamese workers to South Korea, created under a memorandum of understanding signed between the two governments in 2004.

One-hundred cities, towns, and districts are included on the list of those ineligible to send workers to the country. Thirty per cent of workers from these districts previously sent to South Korea did not return to Vietnam when their labor contracts expired. MoLISA continues to adjust the list and provided a shortlist of 40 cities, towns, and districts officially suspended from labor exports this year, since each has more than 60 workers who did not return to Vietnam and are staying in South Korea illegally.

Localities banned from sending workers to South Korea this year are as follows.

Northern Nghe An province: Vinh city, Cua Lo town, and Nghi Loc, Nam Dan, Hung Nguyen, Thanh Chuong, Yen Thanh, Dien Chau, and Do Luong districts;

Northern Thanh Hoa province: Dong Son and Hoang Hoa districts;

Northern Ha Tinh province: Nghi Xuan, Cam Xuyen, Loc Ha, Duc Tho, and Ky Anh districts;

Northern Hai Duong province: Hai Duong city, Chi Linh city, and Cam Giang, Gia Loc, and Tu Ky districts;

Northern Thai Binh province: Vu Thu, Kien Xuong, Tien Hai, and Dong Hung districts;

Northern Nam Dinh province: Nam Dinh city, and Xuan Truong, Nam Truc, Giao Thuy, and Hai Hau districts;

Northern Bac Ninh province: Luong Tai and Gia Binh districts.

Northern Hung Yen province: An Thi, Khoai Chau and Kim Dong districts;

Northern Bac Giang province: Luc Nam, Yen Dung and Lang Giang districts;

Central Quang Binh province: Ba Don town and Bo Trach district.

The decision to suspend these labor exports is based on a notice from South Korea about the number of illegal workers remaining in the county as at the end of 2018.

Based on data to be released at the end of this year by the South Korean Government, MoLISA will suspend labor exports in 2020 by localities that cannot reduce the proportion of workers not returning home. The ministry also lifted suspensions on localities that were able to reduce the proportion and number of workers not returning home during the prior year.

The South Korean Government determines labor recruitment targets for different countries every year. Workers need to meet the following conditions: be aged from 18 to 39, have a clean police record, not have violated South Korean law that led to being banned from entering the country, and not being banned from exiting Vietnam. Foreign workers who wish to apply for a job in South Korea must also pass a Korean language test. Inspections are conducted by South Korea’s Ministry of Labor in cooperation with MoLISA.

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