Vietnam wants foreign builders to hire local workers only

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Chinese workers at Vung Ang Economic Zone in Ha Tinh Province. Photo: Nguyen Dung Chinese workers at Vung Ang Economic Zone in Ha Tinh Province. Photo: Nguyen Dung

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The construction ministry is proposing new regulations that will prevent foreign contractors from bringing workers into Vietnam in an attempt to give the local workforce enough jobs. 
Under the proposal, foreign builders will only be allowed to bring financial and technical management experts, or those with high qualifications and expertise that cannot be recruited in Vietnam.
Statistics from the labor ministry shows more than 76,300 foreigners had been working in Vietnam by the end of 2014. They come from 74 countries, with more than half hailing from Asian countries like China, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia, and 28.5 from Europe.
But the country has not managed the foreign workforce very well, as a labor report in August 2012 showed a third of them, many Chinese, were working without permits.
Taiwanese steel plant investor Formosa last year was accused of bringing around 3,400 Chinese nationals to work illegally at a project in central Vietnam. Most of the construction workers were assigned basic manual tasks. 
Around 1.14 million people or 2.42 percent of the working age population in Vietnam were unemployed in the first six months of this year.

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