Publication Type

Report

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

2007

Abstract

Vietnam’s rapid economic growth has provided young Vietnamese new opportunities unheard of in their parents’ generation. This is, however, not the case for ethnic minority youth. Many of them are among the poorest, least healthy, and least educated. Ethnic minorities, who tend to live in remote mountainous areas, account for 15 percent of Vietnam’s 84 million total population and, according to a recent estimate, 61 percent of them are poor. Evidence suggests that despite recent efforts of the Government of Vietnam in promoting poverty reduction in remote areas, a majority of ethnic minorities have not yet experienced positive change, contrary to their Kinh (i.e., ethnic Vietnamese) neighbors who have enjoyed substantial improvement in living standards. In 2007, well over half of ethnic minorities ages 15-29 grew up in impoverished households. Many of these young people have already taken or will soon take on economically active and reproductive roles as young adults. Some will migrate out of their remote villages to look for jobs and other opportunities and will presumably leave behind protective environments provided by their families and local communities.

Keywords

Vietnam, Youth, Ethnic minorities, Poverty

Discipline

Asian Studies | Race and Ethnicity | Sociology

Research Areas

Sociology

First Page

1

Last Page

84

Publisher

Population Council

City or Country

New York

Copyright Owner and License

Population Council

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

https://worldcat.org/oclc/235574149

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