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Official Gazette

Sunday, June 11, 2023

Vietnamese guest workers forced to return home to get financial aid

Updated: 08:00’ - 05/02/2022
Vietnamese guest workers will receive a monetary aid of up to VND 30 million per person if they are forced to go home ahead of schedule due to labor accidents, illnesses or other risks that render them no longer able to work abroad.
Such is a prominent provision of Prime Minister Decision 40/2021/QD-TTg issued on December 31, 2021.

Nguyen Duc Truong (left), who has been working in Japan since 2005, and his employer, Nagao Shiko__Photo: Mainichi

Accordingly, an aid of VND 7-20 million will be provided to those returning home earlier than the expiry date of their employment contracts for reason of natural disaster, epidemic, war, economic recession or another force majeure event.
Overseas guest workers will be eligible for a similar aid when unilaterally terminating their labor contracts because they are abused or forced to perform jobs that threaten their lives and health or sexually harassed.

Besides, relatives of guest workers who die or are missing in foreign countries where they work will receive a survivorship amount of VND 40 million.

Returned Vietnamese guest workers who wish to receive vocational training to be employed on the domestic labor market may also receive a financial aid of VND 1 million per month for up to six months.

Such aid will come from the Fund for Overseas Employment Support under the management of the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, which is established to support and expand the labor export market, prevent and minimize risks for guest workers and labor export enterprises, and protect their lawful rights and interests.

Under the Decision, labor export enterprises are required to contribute VND 150,000 per guest worker per contract to the Fund, while each overseas guest worker has to contribute VND 100,000.- (VLLF)

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