The Vietnamese government supports the sending off of Vietnamese nationals to work overseas as a socio-economic strategy to develop human resources, address unemployment, generate income, bolster foreign exchange reserves, and strengthen cooperative relations with other countries. It is estimated that by 2016 approximately 37 percent of Vietnamese migrant workers were women working overseas, most commonly as domestic workers. Domestic workers, especially those abroad, are regularly excluded from labour law and afforded less protection than other workers. This also true for the Taiwanese and Saudi Arabian markets.
This new joint study conducted by the Research Centre for Gender, Family and Community Development (GFCD) the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung's Hanoi office focuses on inter-governmental policies in Vietnam as a sending country and other Asian receiving countries, while taking the gender dimension and self-organization into account as cross-cutting topics and giving special attention to the issue of racism and prejudice facing Vietnamese domestic workers overseas. The study seeks to provide an overview of the international division of labour and political strategic knowledge, allowing readers to understand the dynamics and forces working simultaneously against the wellbeing of Vietnamese domestic migrant in Taiwan and Saudi Arabia.