A seminar focusing on issues relating to safe labour migration and the role of the mass media in the field took place in the central province of Quang Binh on August 4.

Co-organised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Vietnam Journalists’ Association (VJA), the event drew a crowd of journalists from domestic press agencies.

Addressing the seminar, VJA Vice Chairman Ha Minh Hue underlined the vital role of the mass media in providing information about and monitoring the implementation of state policies on migrant labourers.

Experts from ILO and other organisations shared their experiences and knowledge in the field at the event, including the trend and causes of labour migration, major issues related to migrant labourers and international labour standards for these workers.

Data of the General Statistic Office (GSO) in 2013 show that almost all Vietnamese migrant labourers come from rural areas and are between 15-29 years old. The number of female migrant workers is on the rise.

According to the End Exploitation and Trafficking (MTV EXIT) organisation, about 1 million forced migrant labourers were reported in Asia.-VNA