Over 24,300 foreign workers, of whom 7,056 are female, were reportedly registered last year, according to the Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Mr Bounkhong Lasoukan.
The registry for foreign workers and the issuing of work permit cards started operating in December 2015 and lasted until September 2016, making an income of over 22.6 billion Kip (USD 2.8 million).
The ministry has so far last year given temporary work permits to more than 19,800 Vietnamese workers, 3,668 Chinese workers, 694 Thai workers and 130 other expatriates.
These numbers were unveiled at a nationwide meeting held at the International Training Cooperation Centre in Vientiane Capital on March 13 to conclude the implementation of the registration of foreign workers and the issuance of work permit cards in the presence of officials from Ministries of Labour and Social Welfare and Public Security.
“To continue implementing the registration and issuance of foreign worker’s working permission cards to those who are living in Laos, it is necessary to cooperate with many relevant sectors ranging from Information, Culture and Tourism, Transport, Industry and Commerce, Energy and Mines, to Special and Specific Economic Zones,” said Mr Bounkhong.
Lao people are still worried over the migration of foreign workers and their taking local jobs, committing crime, smuggling and burgling.
The meeting was also attended by the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Mr Khampheng Xaysompheng; the Minister of Public Security, Mr Somkeo Silavong; and other nationwide representatives.
Source: Lao News Agency