Migration and Production Sharing in East Asia: The case of Vietnam

months: 5
year: 2016
location: Ha Noi, Bac Ninh, Vinh Phuc, Thai Binh, Nghe An
client: eria

Background and research objectives:

In the context of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), it is expect that the freer flow of skilled labor, services, investment and goods will hasten economic growth as well as generate job creations and recuperate productivity. This could pose a challenge to domestic job markets in terms of both low- and medium-skilled as well as in high-skilled sectors. Therefore, it is necessary to have a study analyzing prime characteristics of immigration flows, strength and weakness in comparison with immigration flows of other countries, as well as to examine its role in development process of Vietnam.

We designed two surveys interviewing (i) households of migrant workers in their home province, and (ii) enterprises which hire foreign labors in order to answer our research questions:

  • - Analyze the patterns, the drivers and the trends of migration inflows and outflows
  • - Analyze impacts of migration on development of Vietnam
  • - Discuss the effects of national immigration policies & international coordination on migration
  • - Provide policy recommendation how to benefit from immigrants and return migrants


The households’ survey was conducted in two provinces: Thai Binh and Nghe An. In each province, we interviewed both types of households: (i) households without migrant workers, and (ii) households with (internal and international) migrant workers.  There were 1077 households interviewed in total, and observations were collected in Nghe An and Thai Binh are 556 and 516, respectively. The enterprises’ survey is conducted in three provinces: Hanoi, Bac Ninh, Vinh Phuc in May, 2016.





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