A third of foreign workers in Vietnam lack permits

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A third of all foreign workers in Vietnam are working without permits, the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs said Monday.

According to statistics released by the ministry at a National Assembly Standing Committee session, as of July there were 77,087 foreign workers, 24,455 without licenses.

They are from more than 60 countries, with 58 percent of them being Asians, 28.5 percent of them Europeans, and the rest from other places.

The report said 89.9 percent of the foreign workers are male, and 86 percent are above 30.

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Deputy Minister of Public Security To Lam said most of the unlicensed workers entered Vietnam on travel visas.

He said it is difficult to control or punish illegal workers, especially when they are from countries that do not have embassies or diplomatic representatives in Vietnam.

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