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442 more Vietnamese citizens repatriated home from conflict zones in Myanmar

442 more Vietnamese citizens repatriated home from conflict zones in Myanmar

Thursday, December 07, 2023, 08:33 GMT+7
442 more Vietnamese citizens repatriated home from conflict zones in Myanmar
The first group of 338 Vietnamese citizens repatriated from conflict zones in Myanmar undergoes entry procedures at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, December 5, 2023. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

An additional 442 Vietnamese citizens have safely arrived home after they were evacuated from fighting zones in northern Myanmar on Wednesday, according to Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security.

The repatriation effort was a collaborative undertaking between Vietnamese agencies and Myanmar authorities, with a total of 780 Vietnamese brought home via six flights over the past couple of days.

Earlier, the initial cohort of 338 Vietnamese individuals, encompassing pregnant women, teenagers, infants, and even newborns, arrived at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi early on Tuesday morning as part of the evacuation process.

The forces are planning one more charter flight to repatriate other Vietnamese citizens stranded in Myanmar.

The Vietnamese government covered the entire cost of the repatriation, as pledged by the state to ensure maximum safety for Vietnamese citizens.

During the past few days, the ministry’s Immigration Department has teamed up with its Consular Department and the Vietnamese Embassy in Myanmar to to verify and issue passports to Vietnamese citizens, facilitating their return home.

On December 2, a Vietnamese working group composed of members from the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were tasked with organizing the repatriation of Vietnamese citizens.

When armed conflicts erupted in the northern region, encompassing the states of Shan, Kayin, and Rakhine, in late October, these workers were abandoned by their employers and found themselves trapped in the conflict zones between Myanmar's army and ethnic minority fighters.

As the escalation of fighting in the region poses a threat to the safety of Vietnamese nationals, the foreign ministry has reiterated its commitment to ongoing coordination with Myanmar authorities and other relevant agencies.

The primary objective is to repatriate all the remaining evacuated individuals, ensuring their safety and well-being.

The ministry warned again that Vietnamese citizens should be alert to job scams in which swindlers promise them a 'high-paying easy job' in foreign countries, including Myanmar, because of the risk of fraudulent casinos or other illegal establishments. 

The ministry advised that before seeking employment abroad, job seekers should thoroughly understand their prospective employers, including all details related to the job, specific duties, the location of work, salary, insurance, and other associated benefits.

In case of emergency, Vietnamese citizens in Myanmar can contact the citizen protection hotlines at +95 9660888998 for the Vietnamese Embassy in Myanmar or at +84 981848484 or +84 965411118 for the foreign ministry's Consular Department.

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Hong Ngan - Duy Linh - Than Hoang / Tuoi Tre News

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