One Stop Support Office launched in Hanoi to assist returning migrant women

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Vietnam, in collaboration with the Vietnam Women’s Union organized a policy advocacy workshop and the launching ceremony of One-Stop Service Office (OSSO) in Hanoi.
One Stop Support Office launched in Hanoi to assist returning migrant women
One Stop Support Office launched in Hanoi to assist returning migrant women

The “One Stop Support Office” (OSSO) is launched in Hanoi on Friday. Source: IOM Vietnam

At the workshop, the delegates discussed initial data reports on migration experiences, difficulties and needs of returned migrant women and their families.

The delegates shared their opinions and gave presentations on challenges faced by returned migrant women, and proposed solutions and complementary support services.

The workshop also provided a forum for the representative of returned migrant women to speak up and share their experiences and difficulties.

Statistics show that each year tens of thousands of Vietnamese citizens marry foreigners. 90% of them are women.

By last year, more than 100,000 couples of Korean men and Vietnamese women were married, accounting for 23.57% of the total number of foreign marriages with Koreans.

Between 2011 and 2019, there were nearly 14,000 divorces between Vietnamese wives and Korean husbands.

“The OSSO office is officially launched as the destination for the returned migrant women in Hanoi, to provide the opportunities for safe and sustainable reintegration services for the women to make their own decisions”, said Mi Hyung Park, Chief of Mission of IOM Vietnam.

On the same day, the launching ceremony of OSSO was also held to facilitate the sustainable reintegration of returned women and their families. The launch of OSSO in Hanoi has marked an important milestone, kicking off the establishment of upcoming four OSSOs in Hai Phong, Hai Duong, Can Tho and Hau Giang Provinces.

The activities were held under the project “Strengthening Vietnamese capacity for sustainable reintegration of returning women migrants and their households in Vietnam” implemented by IOM in cooperation with the Women’s Union of Vietnam and with the funding from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

The project is implemented in 30 months (2019-2021) in 5 cities, provinces namely Hanoi, Hai Phong, Hai Duong, Can Tho, and Hau Giang with its objective is to enhance the VWU’s capacity to support Vietnamese returnee women migrants to reintegrate and stabilize their lives.

The Project includes the following components: Improvement of the policy support environment including policy consultation and awareness raising workshops for stakeholders to facilitate reintegration of returnee female migrants through promoting local ownership, partnership, and alignment to development planning; Roadmap recommendations for future policy and program development, including baseline study and building roadmap for future policy development; Capacity empowerment of VWU staff, including training at policy level, training of trainers and roll out training for OSSO, and development of guideline for OSSO management; Establishment and operation of OSSO to support women returnees and their families in the 5 project sites.

Phuong Minh