Vietnamese seeking their fortunes underground in Russia | Melbourne Asia Review

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For Vietnamese seeking their fortunes abroad, it turns out Russia is a sought after destination. Entering on short stay visas and overstaying sometimes for decades, they typically find work in urban market complexes, and in some cases resort to illegal activities to make ends meet. So what draws the Vietnamese to Russia? What are their day-to-day lives like? And given their insecure immigration status, what are their prospects in the long term? International development expert Dr Lan Anh Hoang shares their stories and her insights.

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Image: A Vietnamese woman in Moscow. Credit: Marco Verch/Flickr