The overall aim of the study is to contribute to greater social inclusion of rural-urban migrants in Vietnam through enhanced understanding of the needs of diverse groups of migrants, particularly women, and more effective policy responses by state and non-stage agencies. The specific objectives are to identify the barriers to social inclusion of different categories of migrants in Hanoi, to critically analyse the policies and programmes aimed at social inclusion and to engage with stakeholders to develop detailed policy solutions to the specific needs identified.
The unique feature of this research is that it examines both the social and economic aspects of migrant livelihoods, looking not only at employment trajectories and income but also access to housing, health, education and welfare services, as well as perceptions of the institutional actors supporting – or hindering – social inclusion. The specific focus on the institutional context, including both state and non-state agencies, is a further unique feature of the proposed project. Close working relationships with a number of civil society organisations and international agencies provides the basis for a truly engaged study that can yield unique insights and recommendations of direct value to policy makers and others active in the area of migrant rights and social inclusion.