This paper explores state-led resettlement of the Bắc di cư [northern migrants] in South Vietnam. A response to the 1954–1955 transmigration, resettlement has long been portrayed as merely an extension of Ngô Đình Diệm’s authority, evidence of his desire to establish a Catholic state, and proof that northern migrants were a privileged minority. I argue instead that directed resettlement revealed a state that was unable to tackle the migration crisis and consequently relied on non-state actors to cope. Due to regional biases held by Ngô Đình Diệm and others, however, the resettlement of the northern migrants became a blueprint for subsequent RVN land development projects.
Research Article| November 01 2016
“Fertile Lands Await”: The Promise and Pitfalls of Directed Resettlement, 1954–1958
Journal of Vietnamese Studies (2016) 11 (3-4): 58–102.
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Jason A. Picard; “Fertile Lands Await”: The Promise and Pitfalls of Directed Resettlement, 1954–1958. Journal of Vietnamese Studies 1 November 2016; 11 (3-4): 58–102. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jvs.2016.11.3-4.58
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