The Mekong Delta province of Long An and the Cambodian Svay Rieng province will work together to implement their cooperation agreements on protecting cross-border immigrant children.

During their third meeting held in Long An on April 21, the two sides agreed to cooperate on issues related child protection in border areas and those emigrating between Cambodia and Vietnam through their two bilateral-working teams.

The two localities will focus on designing and issuing regulations on the performance of working teams while building plans and activities concerning cross-border migration child protection.

They will also coordinate to manage children and conduct surveys and investigations into Cambodian children migrating to Long An province to be used in designing specific measures for caring for and protecting the children.

After the meeting between the two localities in Svay Rieng in 2014, Long An helped Cambodian children living in the locality return their home. Communication efforts were promoted to popularise relevant Vietnamese laws and raise public awareness of the danger and consequences of children trafficking.

Cambodian child immigration into Long An has seen a remarkable decrease. As many as 206 Cambodian people—including 134 children—were brought back to their country in 2014.-VNA