igrants weigh on a a econom

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A A — The un­con­trolled mi­gra­tion of coun­try work­ers has pre­vented eco­nomic tar­gets be­ing reached in parts of Cen­tral High­land Ñak Lak Prov­ince.

One of the most af­fected ar­eas is Ea Lang ham­let in Kroâng Boâng Dis­trict’s C Pui Com­mune.

The ham­let was founded in 1998 with about 100 mi­grant fam­i­lies, but num­bers shot up to 500 within 10 years, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

As a re­sult, the ham­let has been split into four so that it can be man­aged more eas­ily.

How­ever, due to the con­stant in­flux of im­mi­grants, the dis­trict had to set up a new com­mune last year.

“Tens of fam­i­lies il­le­gally mi­grate to the com­mune ev­ery year; there­fore, res­i­den­tial plan­ning can­not keep up,” said­Peo­ple’sCom­mit­teeVice Chair­man Y Luyn Nieâ.

The new res­i­dents are also blamed for chop­ping down trees, es­pe­cially in prime tim­ber ar­eas.

In ad­di­tion, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties have had to al­low a huge area of for­est land to be de­stroyed for hous­ing and food pro­duc­tion.

In Ea Sup Dis­trict, more than 40ha of for­est land has been con­verted since 2009 toprovideac­com­mo­da­tion­for 500 house­holds in C Kbang Com­mune.

Each im­mi­grant fam­ily has been granted from 8001,000 square me­tres of res­i­den­tial land, 4,000 square me­tres of cul­ti­vated land, and VNÑ2 mil­lion (al­most $100) in cash.

But this seems to have en­cour­aged more and more to mi­grate, ac­cord­ing to the dis­trict Peo­ple’s Com­mit­tee Chair­man Traàn Ngoïc Quang.

The move­ment of pop­u­la­tion has led to a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in the num­ber of poor peo­ple in the dis­trict.

How­ever, their homes are of­ten in re­mote ar­eas, so it has been dif­fi­cult to set up enough projects to sup­port them.

So far, 14 projects have been set up in the prov­ince, help­ing about 60,000 mi­grant fam­i­lies to live sta­ble lives.

But statis­tics show that there are still more than 26,000 house­holds in need of land for pro­duc­tion and fresh wa­ter.

“In or­der to solve the il­le­gal mi­gra­tion, it is nec­es­sary to en­hance the co-op­er­a­tion be­tween Ñak Lak and prov­inces from which peo­ple mi­grate”, said Yrinh Arông, chair­man of the provin­cial com­mit­tee for eth­nic mi­nor­ity af­fairs.

He added that the mi­grants would not mi­grate if they were given fa­vor­able con­di­tions to set­tle down in their home ar­eas.

At a re­cent national con­fer­ence on eth­nic and moun­tain eth­nic peo­ple, the prov­ince asked the Prime Min­is­ter to al­lo­cate enough bud­get money so that more projects could be car­ried out to­sup­por­t­im­mi­grants. —

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