As many as 80 percent of Vietnamese migrant workers are believed to move from rural to urban areas to earn a better income, according to statistics released at a workshop in Hanoi on August 26.

The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) says that up to 6.5 million people rushed to urban areas between 2004 and 2009. Eighty percent of them made their move for economic purposes.

Seventy percent of migrant workers are below the age of 30. Those flocking to industrial zones are primarily women with an average age of 23.

The ministry also reported that 66 percent of migrant workers lack technical expertise and qualifications, forcing them to take dangerous and unstable jobs in a toxic environment.

Le Quang Trung, Deputy Head of the MoLISA’s Department of Employment said his department will come up with measures to assist migrant workers.

In the future, they will know which and when any industrial park is up and running so that they can pursue vocational training before working there, he said.

Attention was also drawn to the fact that social disorder is also triggered by migrants, especially conflicts with their local peers.

Meanwhile, support policies in localities have little effect.-VNA