The Overseas Labor Management Department announced Thursday that 8,780 of more than 60,000 Vietnamese guest workers are residing illegally in South Korea, Sai Gon Tiep Thi newspaper reported.
The department quoted a report sent by South Korean Ministry of Labor and Employment as saying the number of illegal Vietnamese laborers in South Korea is rising.
The fact that more and more Vietnamese workers reside illegally in South Korea is badly affecting the two countries' labor cooperation efforts, according to the department.
It said the number of Vietnamese laborers who quit their jobs and run away as soon as they enter South Korea is also at increasing at alarming rates, which has prompted South Korea to halt Korean language tests for foreign workers this year.
Under South Korean laws, any guest workers found illegally residing in the country will be fined up to US$37,000 or sentenced to one year in jail at maximum.