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Vietnam repatriates 400 more citizens from fighting zones in Myanmar

Vietnam repatriates 400 more citizens from fighting zones in Myanmar

Saturday, December 30, 2023, 15:29 GMT+7
Vietnam repatriates 400 more citizens from fighting zones in Myanmar
The first group of 338 Vietnamese citizens repatriated from conflict zones in Myanmar undergoes entry procedures at International Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, December 5, 2023. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnamese agencies collaborated with Myanmar authorities to bring nearly 400 more Vietnamese citizens back home by road from armed conflict zones in northern Myanmar on early Saturday morning, according to Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This is the latest repatriation of Vietnamese nations from Myanmar amid the continued fighting between Myanmar’s army and resistance fighters in some northern states of the country, the ministry said in a report on Saturday. 

In addition, Vietnam also supported the evacuation of a Nepali citizen from Myanmar. 

With these newly repatriated people, the total number of Vietnamese nationals brought home from Myanmar has reached nearly 1,400 since early December, the ministry said.

All costs of such repatriations have been paid by the Vietnamese government, the ministry said. 

The first repatriation was conducted by air on December 5, when 338 people, including pregnant women, teenagers, infants, and even newborns, reached Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi early that day. 

During the previous repatriations of Vietnamese from Myanmar, Vietnam’s agencies also helped move a number of citizens of Egypt, Malaysia and Singapore from Myanmar to safe places.   

As the armed conflict in some northern states of Myanmar continues to develop complicatedly, the ministry recommends that Vietnamese citizens not travel to these areas and follow the instructions of local authorities as well as the Vietnamese Embassy in Myanmar. 

If Vietnamese nationals are living in areas where a fighting can potentially occur, they should proactively evacuate themselves and their assets to safe places and immediately contact Vietnamese bodies for support when necessary, the ministry advised.

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

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, the ministry advised.

Such understanding is crucial to help Vietnamese citizens avoid falling into the traps of human trafficking networks or becoming illegal residents in foreign countries, the agency added. 

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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