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Border province to review Lao immigrants

Update: June, 09/2015 - 18:33
A view of Quang Nam Province's Nam Giang District where local authorities are conducting a survey of Lao immigrants, including those married to Vietnamese without obtaining marriage certification. — Photo chinhphu.vn

QUANG NAM (VNS) — Central province Quang Nam, bordering the Lao province of Sekong, has formed a joint-agency team to review Lao immigrants, including those married to Vietnamese without a marriage certificate.

The joint-agency will review the immigrants in the province before reaching a solution to their problem.

The joint-agency team includes representatives of the province's police, border guard, Department of Justice, Department of Foreign Affairs, Committee of Ethnic Minorities, and authority of Nam Giang District.

From now until the end of this month (June), the team will conduct a survey of Lao immigrants, including those who are married to Vietnamese citizens without marriage certificates, in the three communes of Nam Giang District, namely Dac Pre, Dac Pring, and Dac Toi.

They will organise meetings with locals in these communes and record their accounts.

Nguyen Duc Tho, director of the province's Department of Justice, said only after the review will it become clear who will be allowed to stay in Viet Nam and who must return to their homeland.

The province has committed itself to providing meals, medicines, and transport to those who will be repatriated.

It has been estimated that Quang Nam Province has more than 170 households of Lao immigrants and 50 others have members married to Vietnamese citizens without obtaining marriage certification in the province.

The joint-agency team will also work with the authorities of Sekong Province in Laos to identify Lao immigrants and Lao people married to Vietnamese without marriage certification in Quang Nam Province. — VNS


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