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Hau Giang (VNA) – A programme supporting local women married to citizens of the Republic of Korea (RoK) is underway in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang’s Vi Thanh city from December 18-20.

The programme is part of a 390,000-USD project, which has been piloted in Hau Giang and northern Hai Duong province since July and lasts for 18 months.

According to Bui Thi Hoa, Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnam Women’s Union, the project focuses on communications activities, counselling and education for local women before and after getting married. It is expected to mitigate risks involved, particularly those arising from illegal match-making agencies.

In Vi Thanh city, experts are providing local staff of the project with legal training on marriage to foreigners. Communications campaigns, group counselling are also organised to help citizens from both countries understand more about the other country’s culture, customs and laws.

Statistics from the Ministry of Public Security showed that between 2008 and June 2014, more than 115,600 Vietnamese citizens got married to foreigners; 92 percent of these citizens were women.

In Hau Giang alone, 11,000 women married foreigners since 2004; more than 70 percent of these marriages involved the RoK’s citizens.-VMA