Viet Nam Faces Imbalanced Male-Female Ratio

Viet Nam's current sex ratio at birth is 110 males over 100 females, as against the normal ratio of 105-107/107, said Ian Howie, representative of the U.N. Population Fund in the Southeast Asian nation at a conference on December 20 in Ha Noi.

According to a report at the conference titled “Sex imbalance in Viet Nam and Asia”, out of a total 64 provinces and cities in Viet Nam, 18 localities register a sex ratio of as high as 111-120/100.

Even in some areas, the ratio is over 120/100, Ian Howie added, noting that Viet Nam will have more male adults than female ones if it does not take drastic measures.

Viet Nam has some 84 million people, 55% of whom are under 25, according to the UN agency.

Also at the conference, the Vietnamese Institute of Social Development Studies released a report on the increase in cross-border marriages between Vietnamese women and foreigners, mostly from Eastern Asia.

Accordingly, in 2000-2006 over 2,200 women were “sold” to foreign grooms in addition to tens of thousands of others married off to Taiwanese and South Korean men for US$8,000 and $10,000 per bride respectively.

By Lan Anh (Tuoi Tre) – Translated by BH

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