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International labor migration in Vietnam and the impact of receiving countries' policies


  • Ishizuka, Futaba


Labor export has been part of Vietnam’s socio-economic development strategy since the beginning of the doi moi era. Recent years, Vietnam has sent about 80,000 workers abroad per year. Vietnam has become a major source country of unskilled foreign workers for high-income East Asian countries. However, in these receiving countries, the desertion rate among Vietnamese workers is quite high, compared with that for workers from other countries. This paper examines the impact of Korean and Japanese policies for receiving foreign workers applied to and implemented in Vietnam, as well as the impact of Vietnamese labor sending system, on the problem of runaway workers.

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  • Ishizuka, Futaba, 2013. "International labor migration in Vietnam and the impact of receiving countries' policies," IDE Discussion Papers 414, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).
  • Handle: RePEc:jet:dpaper:dpaper414

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    Vietnam; Japan; South Korea; Taiwan; Malaysia; Migrant labor; Alien labor; Migration; International Labor Migration;

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    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers

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