Da Nang under fire for immigration restrictions

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The resolution passed by the central city of Da Nang's to temporarily stop granting permanent residency status to people from other provinces has come under fire with multiple central agencies slamming it as illegal.

In a report on its review of Da Nang's resolution submitted to Justice Minister Ha Hung Cuong Tuesday, the Department of Normative Legal Act Reviews under the Ministry of Justice pointed out that most relevant agencies like the National Assembly's Laws Committee did not agree with many stipulations under the resolution.

For example, Dang Dinh Luyen, vice chairman of the Laws Committee, said that the current law does not stipulate the postponement of granting permanent residency status to people who meet all the requirements.

Under Vietnam's Residence Law, people who continuously live at one place under temporary residency for more than one year are eligible to apply for permanent residency status.

Therefore, Da Nang's resolution "does not have legal basis and is against the nation's laws on residence," Luyen said.

In response to Da Nang's arguments that the resolution was just a "temporary" measure while waiting for directions from the central government on implementing the Residence Law, Luyen said: "There are many measures for allocating residency status, but each and every one of them have to abide by the law."

Meanwhile, a representative of the Laws Department under the Government Office said the city's move restricts people's freedom of residence guaranteed by law. 

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According to Luyen and the unnamed representative, Da Nang was also wrong to delay granting permanent residency status to people with previous convictions, in case the latter are not subject to residency bans or being kept under surveillance.

This was not the first time Da Nang has faced criticisms since it approved the resolution last December.

Earlier several legal experts had criticized it, saying it contravenes the country's Constitution, which states that every citizen is equal before law and enjoys the freedom of moving and residing anywhere in Vietnam.

It was estimated that 11,356 families with 114,290 people currently have temporary residence status in Da Nang, accounting for 11.5 percent of its population.

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