Vietnamese Ambassador to India Pham Sanh Chau speaks at the gathering of Vietnamese expatriates in India and Nepal on December 9 (Photo: VNA)

New Delhi (VNA) – Vietnamese expatriates in India and Nepal had a gathering in New Delhi on December 9 to share their difficulties and advantages while living in the South Asian nations.

The Vietnamese Embassy in India estimates that there are about 500 Vietnamese in India and 40 – 50 others in Nepal. They include some 180 monks and nuns studying Buddhism and philosophy at Buddhist centres or places of worship, along with about 90 students, in India.

Nguyen Duy Khanh, head of the consular division at the embassy, said due to major cultural and language differences, Vietnamese have faced many problems in integrating into local societies. 

He noted that women who married Indians have fewer chances to work. Meanwhile, Vietnamese students here also encounter certain difficulties compared to their peers in other countries because scholarships and living infrastructure are modest, and they have almost no chances to get part-time jobs.

At the meeting, Vietnamese Ambassador to India Pham Sanh Chau expressed his hope that each expatriate will help popularise Vietnam’s images among local people.

He also promised utmost efforts to create the best possible conditions for the overseas communities in India and Nepal to develop. –VNA