Vietnam Migration Profile 2016 released

Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has requested Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry to investigate and clarify reports that an Indonesian naval ship shot and wounded two Vietnamese fishermen last week. Minh made the request during a phone call with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi on Friday, underlining that the shooting was a serious incident that did not match the current soundly-developing strategic partnership between the two countries. The Vietnamese deputy premier said Vietnam is deeply concerned about this incident and called on the Indonesian side to promptly verify and investigate the case. Indonesia should also inform Vietnam about the investigation result and avoid repeating similar actions in the future, Minh pressed. The Vietnamese fishing boat in question is coded BD 31153 TS, registered in the south-central province of Binh Dinh. The Consular Department under the Vietnamese foreign ministry said on July 25 that the BD 31153 TS was pursued and shot at by a foreign ship while they was docking in Con Dao Port in southern Vietnam on July 23, according to the Vietnam News Agency. The shooting left two Vietnamese fishermen wounded. Both of them have been taken to hospital for treatment, the Vietnam News Agency said. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam! ... [read more]

Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said on May 27 in reply to questions from the media about the recent attacks. China’s above actions are a violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction in the East Sea, running counter to the spirit of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), complicating the East Sea situation, he said. The same day, Foreign Ministry Consular Department summoned Chinese Embassy representatives in Hanoi to handover a diplomatic note of protest. Since early this month, many Vietnamese fishing vessels have been relentlessly followed, intimidated and attacked by Chinese ships in the East sea. On May 7, fishing vessel QNg TS 96416 and 16 fishermen were fired at by Chinese ship 1241. It used water cannons, hammers, bottles and bolts to attack Vietnamese ships and even cut wires to destroy communications systems. Later, another unknown Chinese fishery administration ship crashed into ship 96416, breaking the right railing, glass and entire cabin, causing total damages estimated at VND890 million. On May 16, fishing vessel 90205 TS QNg during its normal fishing operations near Phu Lam island belonging to Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago was followed and controlled by Chinese ship 306. Chinese forces smashed up most of the property on board and hit and seriously injured two Vietnamese fishermen aboard the vessel. On May 17, Vietnamese fishing vessel QNg TS 96011 and 13 fishermen operating in the area, 31 nautical miles from Tri Ton island of Vietnam’s Hoang Sa archipelago…... [read more]

Last year, as many as 85,546 Vietnamese workers were sent to work abroad under time-limit contracts. Of their number, 28,499 got jobs in Taiwan; 8,628 in the Republic ; 4,913 in Japan; 11,741 in Malaysia; 5,903 in Laos; 5,241 in the United Arab Emirates; 5,242 in Libya; 2,729 in Saudi Arabia; 3,124 in Macau, 1,204 in Bahrain; 3,615 in Cambodia and 4,725 in other markets. As a result, Vietnam reached 100.64 percent of the labour export target set for 2010. PM Nguyen Tan Dung and MOLISA Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan talking with Vietnamese labourers in Lybia Maintaining traditional labour markets According to the Deputy Head of the Overseas Labour Management Department, Dao Cong Hai, labour export businesses are now focused on sending workers to stable markets as they have set up good relations with partners, which can ensure steady jobs for them. Last year, while the world economy was not out of its financial crisis Vietnam’s labour market share remained stable, even expanded in some countries such as Libya, Macau and the United Arab Emirates. Its traditional markets such as Japan, Taiwan and the Republic of Korea continued to receive large numbers of Vietnamese workers. Many Vietnamese workers returned to Malaysia after a two-year hiatus. In 2010, 11,741 of them worked in Malaysia, up 320.52 percent over 2009. The Malaysian Department of Immigration says, around 87,000 Vietnamese are working in Malaysia with modest incomes between VND3.5-6 million per month. When asked about the Korean market, the Deputy Director of…... [read more]

Nguyen Minh Vu, Deputy Director General of the Foreign Ministry’s Consular Department, emphasised this while attending the 100th Council Session of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which was held in Geneva on December 5-7. He said it is impossible for countries individually to effectively control migration without the coordination of the whole world. Vu also delivered a speech about migration in Vietnam, which he said involves a large number of people. In recent years, Vietnam has closely coordinated with the IOM in many projects, including building a dossier on migration, implementing the “One UN” initiative to boost the efficiency of UN operation in Vietnam, and utilizing the link between migration and poverty reduction. He recommended that the IOM enhance its role in protecting migrants, building capacity, collecting information, promoting cooperation between its member nations, and preventing illegal migration by increasing legal migration channels. He also urged IOM member nations to demonstrate their active role in raising public awareness of the need to protect migrants and help them integrate into society. According to the IOM office in Vietnam, the country’s rapid economic growth is creating an inflow of people from rural areas to cities and urban regions. Domestic migrants often face difficulties in accessing accommodation, education and healthcare services. Vietnam now has about 3 million people living abroad and 400,000 of them are temporary labourers, it says. During the three-day session, which celebrated the organisation’s 60th anniversary, IOM admitted 14 new members, increasing its total members to 146.... [read more]

The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Consular Department is coordinating with the Hanoi Office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to implement the project under the auspices of the European Union (EU). Addressing the opening ceremony, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Thanh Son said migration activities have become popular and diverse in recent years, and Vietnam’s open-door policy has created favourable conditions for its citizens to go abroad to work, study, or settle. Mr Son reiterated the Vietnamese State’s consistent policy of promoting legal migration, fighting illegal migration, and ensuring the safety of and protecting the legitimate rights and interests of migrants. Vietnam wants to cooperate with all other countries in sharing migration-related experiences and data. The same day, Deputy Minister Son activated an information portal on migration to provide policymakers and especially Vietnamese migrants with updated and useful information about this field. Migrants can also post their personal information on this portal to receive assistance from relevant agencies when necessary. At the seminar, Dr Dang Nguyen Anh presented a general report on Vietnamese citizens’ migration situation, which gives an overview of this topic in the context of integration and development, as well as an analysis of state management in the field and the process of formulating Vietnamese laws for international migration on labour, overseas study, marriages with foreign spouses, and preventing human trafficking.... [read more]

The Korean ship Jeong Woo 2, which belongs to the Republic of Korea company Sunwoo, had had 40 fishermen on board, including 23 Vietnamese. Le Van Thanh, Vice Head of the Department of Overseas Labour under the Ministry of Labour-Invalids and Social Affairs, said three of the Vietnamese fishermen are still missing and feared dead. The other 16, excluding the four who were burnt, are now on Sunwoo Company’s Jeong Woo 3 and are expected to arrive in New Zealand in 7-10 days. Thanh said his agency has closely coordinated with the Consular Department under the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to deal with this case. The Department of Overseas Labour has sent a dispatch to Sunwoo, asking it to take measures to ensure the interests of Vietnamese nationals, including insurance for them. Meanwhile, the Consular Department has asked the Republic of Korea and New Zealand to quickly investigate the cause of the incident and identify the distressed crewmen, search for the missing, and assist them. Three Vietnamese might be dead in a RoK ship fire... [read more]

Nguyen Le Thanh, first secretary of the embassy, arrived in Christchurch to visit them and help them contact their families. She also worked with New Zealand’s related parties. On the afternoon of January 26, the 16 crewmen left for Vietnam and are expected to arrive at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi on January 27. Two injured crewmen are still being treated at Christchurch Hospital. Doctors said Ngo Van Sy is recovering very well and will be likely discharged from hospital next week, while Tran Van Ngoan will continue receiving treatment. Representatives of the Korean company that owns the distressed ship said bad weather conditions have prevented efforts to approach the vessel, and therefore they have not been able to find the remaining three missing sailors. The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s Consular Department and Vietnamese embassies in New Zealand and the Republic of Korea are coordinating with relevant agencies to ensure the legitimate interests of the distressed crewmembers.... [read more]

On February 18, the Vietnamese embassy in the Philippines said that the nine fishermen on board are now safe. The Consular Department of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs is coordinating with Quang Ngai province, the Vietnamese embassy in the Philippines and relevant agencies to finalize necessary procedures to bring the fishermen home soon. Upon being informed that some Vietnamese fishing vessels were moving in the East Sea to avoid Vietnamese territorial waters affected by a tropical depression, the Consular Department sent diplomatic notes to the Philippine, Malaysian and Chinese embassies in Hanoi and urged Vietnamese embassies in these countries to inform relevant agencies immediately and help Vietnamese fishing vessels seek shelter from the storm or rescue them if they broke down or were in distress.... [read more]

Identifying Vietnamese victims in Russian fire 14 Vietnamese killed in Russian fire Representatives of the Vietnamese embassy in Russia and the Consular Department under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a ceremony at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi on September 23 to hand over the remains and bodies of the victims to their families. On September 21, the Vietnamese embassy, the Overseas Vietnamese Association, and the Garment and Textile Association in Russia held a memorial service and requiem for the victims before sending them home on the national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines, on September 22. All costs for transport and burial services, about US$2,000 per victim, were covered by the Vietnamese embassy and the Vietnamese community in Russia. Relevant Vietnamese and Russian agencies have intensified measures to rescue and support victims of the fire and are working hard to identify the cause of the tragedy.... [read more]

Vietnamese people remain safe as they are currently living in such cities as Kharkov, Odessa, Kiev, Donetsk, and Kherson that are far from riot areas. When violence escalated, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked the Vietnamese Embassy in Ukraine to inform Vietnamese agencies and people of unsecured places. Vietnamese residents can contact the embassy through hot lines +380503320535/ +380503359097 or their relatives in Vietnam to contact the Hanoi-based Consular Department to receive immediate assistance in case of emergency. The Vietnamese embassy in Ukraine is closely following the situation to protect its residents. Following bloody clashes in Ukraine, many Vietnamese residents rushed to purchase food and petrol and several registered to return to Vietnam. The embassy will create conditions for them to fly home soon, said ambassador Nguyen Minh Tri. Over the past few days dozens of Ukrainian people have been killed in clashes between protestors and armed police in Kiev capital.... [read more]

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