Thousands of Migrant Workers Leave Vietnam as COVID-19 Restrictions Ease

Thousand of people left Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam after the COVID-19 restrictions were eased.

Reports said that most of these people were migrant workers, causing labor shortages and more disruption to manufacturing.

“We left our home behind for the city in search of better jobs, but now we are tired,” said Tran Thi Them, 32, before leaving the city.

“We are going home to farm and raise cattle,” she added.

According to state-run media reports, almost 90,000 people have left the city since Friday as they worry that they will be stuck in Ho Chi Minh again.

Meanwhile, the vice chairman of the city’s People’s Committee, Le Hoa Binh, urged the public not to leave and stay to work.

“The city is facing serious labor shortages,” the vice-chairman said.

“We have only 60% of the labor force needed for our projects, and it’s difficult to recruit more workers now,” a sub-contractor of Coteccons Construction from Ho Chi Minh City on condition of anonymity.

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