Unlike most of the foreign-born from Asia, those from Vietnam came to the United States mainly as refugees and asylum seekers from the mid-1970s onward. Today, the U.S. is home to about 1.1 million Vietnamese immigrants, making them the fifth-largest immigrant group.
Why did Vietnamese immigrants come to America?
After the North captured Saigon, the capitol of the South, Vietnamese refugees began to flee Vietnam on boats, seeking help and a new home in another country. Not only were they fleeing from communism, they fled seeking economic opportunities in the highly developing countries, such as the US.
How many Vietnamese refugees came to the US?
Their capital had fallen. Deadly reprisals for those who stayed behind were almost certain. It was 1975, the tumultuous backdrop was Southeast Asia, and Washington largely opened America’s doors, letting in some 300,000 refugees from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia over the next four years.
Why did so many Vietnamese leave Vietnam after the war?
Political oppression, poverty, and continued war were the main reasons Vietnamese fled their country. The desire to leave was especially great for Vietnamese who had fought for the South, worked with the United States, or held positions in the South Vietnamese government.
Is Vietnam still communist?
Government of Vietnam
The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is a one-party state. A new state constitution was approved in April 1992, replacing the 1975 version. The central role of the Communist Party was reasserted in all organs of government, politics and society.
Do Vietnamese pay taxes in America?
Personal Income Tax for Americans in Vietnam
For residents, a progressive personal income tax rate to 35% applies. For non-residents, a flat tax rate of 20% will be imposed. For non-employment, the tax rates range from 0.1% to 25%.
Is Vietnam a poor country?
Vietnam is now defined as a lower middle income country by the World Bank. Of the total Vietnamese population of 88 million people (2010), 13 million people still live in poverty and many others remain near poor. Poverty reduction is slowing down and inequality increasing with persistent deep pockets of poverty.
Which country has the highest immigration rate?
According to the United Nations, the ten countries with the highest foreign-born (immigrant) populations are:
- United States (48.2 million)
- Russia (11.6 million)
- Saudi Arabia (10.8 million)
- Germany (10.2 million)
- United Kingdom (8.4 million)
- United Arab Emirates (8.0 million)
- France (7.9 million)
- Canada (7.6 million)