Vietnamese workers sent abroad (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – As many as 33,600 Vietnamese labourers worked abroad in the first four months of this year, accounting for 33.69 percent of the target for 2016, according to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs’ Overseas Labour Management Department.

The department said that there were more than 10,400 Vietnamese people who worked abroad in April.

Taiwan still ranked the largest market for Vietnamese labourers in the period with 4,991 workers, followed by Japan (3,349), the Republic of Korea (1,510), Saudi Arabia (310), and Malaysia (122).

From the outset of this year, growth has been seen in the export labour market, with opportunities for Vietnamese workers in new markets such as Thailand and Australia.

This year, a maximum of 200 Vietnamese labourers are expected to get visas for visiting and working in Australia for 12 months.

Thailand also allowed ten Vietnamese enterprises to send labourers to work in the country’s fishing and construction sector in 2016.

The Republic of Korea is set to receive 3,500 Vietnamese workers this year.-VNA