Transnational Skill Partnership between Germany and Vietnam

Stakeholder Perceptions on Costs, Benefits, the Role of Skills Development, Partnership and Sustainability


  • Dr. Ngo Quynh An Hanoi National Economics University
  • Dr. Katrin Marchand Maastricht University, Netherlands
  • Mr. Andreas Meyn Saarland University
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Sauer Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Germany



This paper presents the preliminary results of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam country case study conducted as part of the research project Sustainable Labour Migration implemented by the University of Applied Science Bonn-Rhein-Sieg. The project focuses on stakeholder perspectives on countries of origin benefits and the sustainability of different transnational skill partnership schemes. Existing and ongoing small-scale initiatives indicate that opportunities exist for all three types of labour mobility pathways, from recruiting youth for apprenticeships and subsequent skilled work to recruitment and recognition of skilled 'professionals' certificates for direct work contracts to initial vocational education and training programs in a dual-track approach. While the latter has the highest potential to be more beneficial than other approaches, pursuing and supporting the scaling up of all three pathways in parallel will have additional, mutually reinforcing and supporting effects. The potential for benefits over and above those already realised by existing skill partnerships appears high, especially considering the favourable framework conditions specific to the long-standing German-Vietnamese relationship. If the potential of well-managed skill partnerships was realised, such sustainable models of skilled labour migration could serve as a unique selling point in the international competition for skilled labour.

Author Biographies

Dr. Ngo Quynh An , Hanoi National Economics University

Dr. Ngo Quynh An is a lecturer in the Faculty of Human Resource Economics and Management at the Hanoi National Economics University, Vietnam.

Dr. Katrin Marchand , Maastricht University, Netherlands

Dr. Katrin Marchand is a researcher at UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University, Netherlands.

Mr. Andreas Meyn, Saarland University

Andreas Meyn is a freelance consultant and student at the Saarland University, Germany, he was also part of the research team for this research project at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Germany.

Prof. Dr. Michael Sauer, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Germany

Prof. Dr. Michael Sauer is a professor for Social Policies in the Department of Social Policy and Social Security Studies at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg and led the research project.


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How to Cite

An, N. Q., Marchand, K., Meyn, A., & Sauer, M. (2023). Transnational Skill Partnership between Germany and Vietnam: Stakeholder Perceptions on Costs, Benefits, the Role of Skills Development, Partnership and Sustainability . Quarterly on Refugee Problems - AWR Bulletin, 62(4), 375–397.