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18,000 Vietnamese Marry Foreigners Every Year

At a seminar held by the Ministry of Public Security and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in My Tho on July 30, it was announced that on average, 18,000 Vietnamese marry foreigners each year, reports VietNamNet.

78% of these Vietnamese come from Ho Chi Minh City and poor areas of the Mekong Delta region, mostly marrying Taiwanese, Chinese, South Korean and US nationals.

“According to the Ministry of Public Security’s statistics, since 2008 as many as 115,675 Vietnamese citizens (women accounting for more than 72%) married foreigners…In the northern region, especially in border provinces like Quang Ninh, Cao Bang, Lang Son, Lai Chau and Lao Cai, the number of married couples between Vietnamese women with foreigners has increased in recent years. However, most of them have not yet registered at functional agencies, either in Vietnam or China,” the paper wrote.

Surprised?

[VietNamNet // Photo via Jared Kelly]

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