11:05 (GMT +7) - Thursday 09/04/2020

Vietnam Today

Vietnam will pull out workers in Qatar if necessary

Released at: 10:06, 09/06/2017

Vietnam will pull out workers in Qatar if necessary

Vietnamese laborers in Qatar. Photo: Archives

Some 1,800 Vietnamese guest workers in limbo as diplomatic crisis breaks out in Gulf country.

by Quang Huy

In the worst-case scenario, Vietnam will pull out all Vietnamese workers employed in Qatar to ensure their safety, Deputy Minister of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs Doan Mau Diep told a press briefing on June 7 after meeting with local labor export companies.

The move comes in the wake of a sudden and tense diplomatic crisis that has led some Gulf States to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and suspend Doha-bound flights.

“The current situation is not worrisome. Vietnamese workers all work for prestigious contractors,” the Deputy Minister said, adding that there are currently around 1,800 Vietnamese contract workers in Qatar, mainly in construction, mechanics, and domestic services.

In the meantime, the Department of Overseas Labor at the labor ministry has urged companies to temporarily cease sending workers to Qatar, and has asked them to monitor the situation closely and provide contact information and support for workers in Qatar if necessary.

Qatar has major demand for guest workers as it will host the football World Cup 2022, and Qatari employers often pay Vietnamese laborers monthly net salaries of $450-550.

The blockade will remain in place until the situation in Qatar sees new developments, according to the labor department.

The Arab world’s biggest powers cut ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and Iran and reopening a festering wound two weeks after US President Donald Trump called for Muslim states to fight terrorism.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain severed diplomatic relations with Qatar in a coordinated move, while Yemen, Libya’s eastern-based government, and the Maldives joined later. Transport links have been shut down, triggering supply shortages.

A small peninsular nation of 2.5 million people that has a large US military base, Qatar has denounced the move, saying it is based on lies. It has often been accused of funding Islamists, as has Saudi Arabia.

Over 500,000 Vietnamese people work abroad as guest workers, annually remitting $1.7 billion to $2 billion home, according to the labor ministry. Most are unskilled workers or have undergone only short-term training.

User comment (0)

Send comment