Urbanization, Migration and Poverty in a Vietnamese Metropolis: Ho Chi Minh in Comparative Perspective

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Edited by Hy Van Luong

With the shift to a market economy, Ho Chi Minh City became a magnet for migrants and experienced rapid growth. Migration provides labor for economic growth in Ho Chi Minh City, and remittances sent by migrants to rural communities help to limit urban-rural inequality. But rural-urban migration creates a heavy burden for the city's physical and social infrastructure.

Urbanization, Migration, and Poverty in a Vietnamese Metropolis presents the results of a major interdisciplinary research project that gathered data on more than one thousand households in Ho Chi Minh City over a three-year period, and on migration flows at the urban destination and in four sending communities in different regions of Vietnam. The study shows that migration to Ho Chi Minh City has been shaped both by urban-rural inequality and by regionally diverse socio-cultural dynamics. It also demonstrates that despite official claims concerning poverty reduction in Ho Chi Minh City, urban poverty rose, particularly among migrants. The research findings indicate that microcredit and other poverty reduction programs had little impact on the socio-economic mobility of households, but that the well-being of many households improved as a result of growth-related economic opportunities as well as the effects of social networks and processes of household formation.

"Impressive in its ability to maintain a common thread and dialogue between [the] authors across sixteen chapters...This volume represents a rich and deeply empirical research project that will be of interest to scholars seeking detaile demographic data on migration and poverty in Ho Chi Minh City, as well as those hoping to explore in further detail the methodological value of ethnographic data read alongside quantitative data...As migration perpetually increases across [Southeast Asia], the research highlighted in this volume is as timely as ever."
- Sarah Grant

Hy Van Luong is Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto.

Publication Year: 2009
464 pages, 229mm x 153mm
ISBN: 978-9971-69-455-5, Paperback

NUS Press