More than 55,000 Vietnamese workers sent abroad in the first half of 2014, accounting for 63.5 percent of the plan set for the whole year, the Government news portal reported.

According to the Overseas Workers Management Department under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), the labour exports to Taiwan (China) increased 187 percent, Japan up 180 percent and the Republic of Korea up 182 percent compared to the same period last year.

However, the total labourers sent to work in Malaysia decreased, equal to 70 percent of the same period last year.

Over the first half of the year, 16 businesses have been licensed to operate in labour exports, raising the total number of businesses in this field to 196 nationwide.

Last year, Vietnam sent more than 88,000 people to work overseas.

The MOLISA said earlier this year that it will accelerate the sending of skilled workers abroad while consolidating such traditional markets as Ta iwan and Japan in 2014.-VNA