Vietnamese Migrants' Earnings Build Mansions Back Home

2019-10-31

00:00 / 00:00
复读宝 RABC v8.0beta 复读机按钮使用说明
播放/暂停
停止
播放时:倒退3秒/复读时:回退AB段
播放时:快进3秒/复读时:前进AB段
拖动:改变速度/点击:恢复正常速度1.0
拖动改变复读暂停时间
点击:复读最近5秒/拖动:改变复读次数
设置A点
设置B点
取消复读并清除AB点
播放一行
停止播放
后退一行
前进一行
复读一行
复读多行
变速复读一行
变速复读多行
LRC
TXT
大字
小字
滚动
全页
1
  • Vietnam's "Billionaire Village" does not sound like a place people would want to leave.
  • 2
  • However, at least three of the 39 victims found in the back of a truck in Britain last week were from there.
  • 3
  • They left to seek work and good pay.
  • 4
  • A billion Vietnamese dong is worth about $43,000 U.S. dollars.
  • 5
  • That amount of money can buy a lot in rural Vietnam.
  • 6
  • Many migrants from Vietnam send their earnings home to family.
  • 7
  • In the northern-central Vietnamese town of Do Thanh, migrant money has built some huge and beautiful homes for relatives living there.
  • 8
  • "Seventy to 80 percent of the villas here have been built with remittances," said Nguyen Van Ha.
  • 9
  • He is chairman of the rural rice-farming community in Nghe An province.
  • 10
  • "If you work in Vietnam earning dong, it would take a long time to build a big house like this," Ha said, pointing to the large houses near the town government building.
  • 11
  • In Do Thanh, remittance money sent to Roman Catholic families even paid for a large, costly church.
  • 12
  • Many of the other victims found in the truck are believed to have come from outside the town, in the surrounding area of Yen Thanh.
  • 13
  • Nineteen-year-old Bui Thi Nhung is believed to be among the dead.
  • 14
  • She left messages on social media documenting her trip through Europe in the days before she got in the truck.
  • 15
  • The vehicle was found near London, a top city for Vietnamese migrants.
  • 16
  • The incident has brought greater attention to the dangers of trafficking people from Asia, Africa and the Middle East to the West.
  • 17
  • Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Cuong told Reuters on Tuesday that the nationality of the victims had not been officially been confirmed.
  • 18
  • He said Vietnam and Britain were "trying to speed up identification of the bodies."
  • 19
  • In Vietnam, a lack of jobs, environmental disasters and government pressure on Catholics are pushing people to leave.
  • 20
  • Vietnamese migrants pay thousands of dollars to dangerous trafficking operations in order to travel to Europe.
  • 21
  • The migrants believe the money they can earn once they are there makes the trip worth the risk.
  • 22
  • Ha, the chairman of Do Thanh, said many people from the area are living in Britain.
  • 23
  • But he added, "We have no idea what they do there to earn all this money to send back home."
  • 24
  • The World Bank says overseas workers sent nearly $16 billion in remittances to Vietnam in 2018.
  • 25
  • That is more than two times the Southeast Asian country's trade surplus for the same period.
  • 26
  • The World Bank examination showed Vietnamese remittances had risen 130 percent over the last 10 years.
  • 27
  • About 70 percent of Vietnamese trafficking cases in Britain between 2009 and 2016 were related to work in the illegal cannabis trade or in beauty services, Britain said last year.
  • 28
  • Many migrants do find find legal work in Europe and the United States.
  • 29
  • They also find work closer to home in places like Japan, Taiwan and Laos.
  • 30
  • Bui Van Diep is a metal worker.
  • 31
  • He told Reuters, "I didn't have enough money to go abroad so I went to Saigon (Ho Chi Min City) instead."
  • 32
  • He lives in a small, home in Do Thanh.
  • 33
  • His cousin, Bui Chung, lives in a large, costly villa next door.
  • 34
  • Bui Chung left Do Thanh for Britain in 2007.
  • 35
  • When he returned home, he built his house and started a steel trading business.
  • 36
  • "I went from Vietnam to France legally, but from France to the UK illegally inside a container truck," said Chung.
  • 37
  • "I chose to go to the UK because the salary is very good and so many people from Do Thanh already lived there."
  • 38
  • Chung worked in a cannabis farm in Britain.
  • 39
  • He also worked at a Vietnamese-run nail salon, where he said he earned around $640 a week.
  • 40
  • "The Vietnamese community living there help newcomers to find jobs," Chung said.
  • 41
  • "That's why many people around here are willing to even sell their land to raise enough money to go."
  • 42
  • Now, he believes he made a huge mistake returning home.
  • 43
  • "I've lost a lot of money doing business here. People don't trust each other," Chung said.
  • 44
  • "I might go back to the UK."
  • 45
  • I'm Ashley Thompson.
  • 1
  • Vietnam's "Billionaire Village" does not sound like a place people would want to leave. However, at least three of the 39 victims found in the back of a truck in Britain last week were from there. They left to seek work and good pay.
  • 2
  • A billion Vietnamese dong is worth about $43,000 U.S. dollars. That amount of money can buy a lot in rural Vietnam.
  • 3
  • Many migrants from Vietnam send their earnings home to family. In the northern-central Vietnamese town of Do Thanh, migrant money has built some huge and beautiful homes for relatives living there.
  • 4
  • "Seventy to 80 percent of the villas here have been built with remittances," said Nguyen Van Ha. He is chairman of the rural rice-farming community in Nghe An province.
  • 5
  • "If you work in Vietnam earning dong, it would take a long time to build a big house like this," Ha said, pointing to the large houses near the town government building.
  • 6
  • In Do Thanh, remittance money sent to Roman Catholic families even paid for a large, costly church.
  • 7
  • Many of the other victims found in the truck are believed to have come from outside the town, in the surrounding area of Yen Thanh. Nineteen-year-old Bui Thi Nhung is believed to be among the dead. She left messages on social media documenting her trip through Europe in the days before she got in the truck.
  • 8
  • The vehicle was found near London, a top city for Vietnamese migrants. The incident has brought greater attention to the dangers of trafficking people from Asia, Africa and the Middle East to the West.
  • 9
  • Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Cuong told Reuters on Tuesday that the nationality of the victims had not been officially been confirmed. He said Vietnam and Britain were "trying to speed up identification of the bodies."
  • 10
  • Remittances rise
  • 11
  • In Vietnam, a lack of jobs, environmental disasters and government pressure on Catholics are pushing people to leave.
  • 12
  • Vietnamese migrants pay thousands of dollars to dangerous trafficking operations in order to travel to Europe. The migrants believe the money they can earn once they are there makes the trip worth the risk.
  • 13
  • Ha, the chairman of Do Thanh, said many people from the area are living in Britain. But he added, "We have no idea what they do there to earn all this money to send back home."
  • 14
  • The World Bank says overseas workers sent nearly $16 billion in remittances to Vietnam in 2018. That is more than two times the Southeast Asian country's trade surplus for the same period. The World Bank examination showed Vietnamese remittances had risen 130 percent over the last 10 years.
  • 15
  • Drugs and nails
  • 16
  • About 70 percent of Vietnamese trafficking cases in Britain between 2009 and 2016 were related to work in the illegal cannabis trade or in beauty services, Britain said last year.
  • 17
  • Many migrants do find find legal work in Europe and the United States. They also find work closer to home in places like Japan, Taiwan and Laos.
  • 18
  • Bui Van Diep is a metal worker. He told Reuters, "I didn't have enough money to go abroad so I went to Saigon (Ho Chi Min City) instead."
  • 19
  • He lives in a small, home in Do Thanh. His cousin, Bui Chung, lives in a large, costly villa next door.
  • 20
  • Bui Chung left Do Thanh for Britain in 2007. When he returned home, he built his house and started a steel trading business.
  • 21
  • "I went from Vietnam to France legally, but from France to the UK illegally inside a container truck," said Chung. "I chose to go to the UK because the salary is very good and so many people from Do Thanh already lived there."
  • 22
  • Chung worked in a cannabis farm in Britain. He also worked at a Vietnamese-run nail salon, where he said he earned around $640 a week.
  • 23
  • "The Vietnamese community living there help newcomers to find jobs," Chung said. "That's why many people around here are willing to even sell their land to raise enough money to go."
  • 24
  • Now, he believes he made a huge mistake returning home.
  • 25
  • "I've lost a lot of money doing business here. People don't trust each other," Chung said. "I might go back to the UK."
  • 26
  • I'm Ashley Thompson.
  • 27
  • Reuters News Agency's James Pearson reported this story. Caty Weaver adapted his report for VOA Learning English. Ashley Thompson was the editor.
  • 28
  • We want to hear from you. Write to us in the Comments section, and visit our Facebook page.
  • 29
  • ________________________________________________________________
  • 30
  • Words in This Story
  • 31
  • villa -n. a large house or estate that is usually located in the country
  • 32
  • remittance -n. an amount of money that is sent as a payment for something
  • 33
  • church -n. a building that is used for Christian religious services
  • 34
  • average -n. a level that is typical of a group, class, or series : a middle point between extremes
  • 35
  • abroad -n. in or to a foreign country
  • 36
  • cannabis-n. a drug (such as marijuana or hashish) that comes from the hemp plant and is smoked illegally​
  • 37
  • nail salon -n. a business where beauty services are offered