In Vietnam, around 500 migrant workers and students attended the launch of Migration Week on January 7, 2018, at Don Bosco Youth Center in Ho Chi Minh City. According to His Excellency Joseph Do Manh Hung, Auxiliary Bishop of Ho Chi Minh City, the head of the Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, the city is home to 300,000 Catholic migrants and during Migration week, the migrants are guided to look after their health, deal with family problems and conflicts at boarding houses, save money and seek jobs.
As reported by ucanews.com, Auxiliary Bishop His Excellency Hung told the gathering that “You have to leave your homes to study and work in this city. It means you contribute to building the city so you become children of the local church and enjoy interests as local Catholics.” Further, His Grace added, “The local church has a duty to receive, protect and integrate migrants into the local church and improve their lives.”
In Vietnam as part of the pastoral activity, the commission offers migrants online information on Mass schedules at churches, and addresses of hospitals, schools, boarding houses, and job centers. Migrants are also given legal advice.