Transnational Migration of Vietnamese Women in Asia

Over the last decade, Asia has witnessed rapid growth in the feminization of migration. For example, during that period, more than 100 000 Vietnamese women migrated to other countries to work and a similar number to marry, through commercial arrangements. But, sending countries often lack the appropriate policies and enforceable laws to ensure safe and dignified recruitment practices, and receiving countries, to ensure protection of migrants' rights. Moreover, women may lose entitlements in their own country upon their return.

This project will examine questions affecting the rights and citizenship of poor women from Viet Nam who migrate to two more affluent Asian countries, South Korea and Taiwan. Researchers will identify the rights issues faced by such women; document the connection between work migration, marriage migration and trafficking; propose recommendations for both sending and receiving countries; and suggest improvements to bilateral agreements. The fact that the Government of Viet Nam encourages enterprises and organizations that increase the flow of migrants makes it all the more urgent to identify and correct problems.

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Start Date

Friday, May 18, 2007

End Date

Sunday, July 31, 2011


48 months

IDRC Officer

Alma, Eileen

Total funding

CA$ 361,300


Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, Viet Nam, Taiwan, South Korea


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Daniele Belanger


University of Western Ontario

Institution Country


Institution Website

Project Leader

Le Bach Duong


Institute for Social Development Studies

Institution Country

Viet Nam

Institution Website