West wanders in Saigon

West wanders in Saigon

Each year Ho Chi Minh City has to spend more than half a billion dong to solve thousands of expatriate foreigners residing in the country, suffering from mental illness, kicking a stone, pretending to be poor and begging.

People in the area of ​​Nguyen Chich Street, Tan Phu District, in mid-November witnessed the elderly man eating, living on the sidewalk. The old man didn't have a phone, money, only a few pockets of ragged clothes. Passersby should give food and water.

When the authorities approached him, he displayed a passport named Peter (82 years old, Australian nationality) but could not answer the questions, sometimes remembering and forgetting. Without a separate storage facility, the authorities had to leave him on the sidewalk, waiting for the Australian Consulate to carry out his procedures to return home.
Or before that, male tourists in Canada naked, dancing, shouting "naughty" in Western Quarter, District 1. When the police took him to the headquarters, one day later he woke up, admitted using ghosts Drugs should be hallucinated and have expired in Vietnam.

Mr. Peter lived on the sidewalk for several days. Photo: provided by authorities.

Major Nguyen Minh Tuan, Head of Residence and Immigration Management Department of Immigration Department (PA72) of Ho Chi Minh City Police, said that these are the two typical examples of dozens of mentally and wandering foreigners who are mentally ill. in HCMC every year.

"It is not the function of the unit but we coordinate care and take them to the hospital to treat them awake. We do this in a humane way," said Tuan.

Since no agency regulations were provided to help them in the first place, they did not use the budget to resolve the problem, so officials had to pay for hospital fees. "Fortunately, most of the treatment was awake for a while, contacted with family members to pay for the hospital fee, if not sure we had to quit, but the cost amounted to hundreds of millions of dong," Mr. Tuan said.

West beggars

The situation of foreigners begging also often occurs in downtown Saigon. Recently, a tall man, dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, asked for money on many streets in districts 1 and 2. On the sign in front of his chest, he said that his passport and phone were stolen. need help with money to get to the Embassy of Finland in Hanoi.

He was supported by many people and gave money, but when authorities approached to help, he avoided it.

Or in March, Benjamin Holst (German nationality) - known as "transnational begging" - appeared in Ho Chi Minh City for the second time. For many years, Holst asked for money throughout the streets of Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong, Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia ... Holst's Facebook page was filled with photos of him exploring places.

Senior Lieutenant Colonel Pham Ngoc Tien - Head of Division PA72 of Ho Chi Minh City Police - considered these cases as isolated and opportunistic. When the detection function forces will check their entry purpose and remind. If they repeat, the unit will request an exit.

"Some of the tourists are running out of money, intentionally overstaying their deportations. The city has to spend money to buy air tickets for them to return home - this puts pressure on the industry and the budget," he said. to speak.

The guy "begging across the country" Benjamin Holst on Hoang Sa Street, near Cong Ly Bridge (District 3, Ho Chi Minh City). Photo: Facebook.

Africans violate the highest

HCMC police for many years have struggled to handle thousands of cases of people in African countries (mainly from Nigeria, Ghana ...) past their residency. Currently, they are concentrated in Go Vap, District 12 or other suburban areas.

Senior Lieutenant Colonel Pham Ngoc Tien said the reason for this situation is because people from African countries have difficulties, go everywhere and find illegal accommodation to find work.

"This year the number of Africans who enter is smaller than the previous year, but the violation rate is high. For every 10 people, there are 7-8 cases of overdue residence, or fraud, gambling." Tien said.

At the beginning of the year, the PA72 Department has continuously inspected the venues, fined 1,200 violations (as citizens of all countries), deported 66 people, brought 2 people wandering into the social protection centers.

Before deportation, the verification of the identity of these people is also very difficult, sometimes it takes months because they refuse to declare, or declare fake names, fake nationalities. They all had no money, forcing the immigration guarantee organization to pay to buy air tickets for them to return home, but sometimes they had to spend the budget. Since the beginning of the year, Ho Chi Minh City has spent more than VND 500 million - particularly for these Africans.

"In the long term, to limit the cases of residence violations, the unit is proposing a measure to control the violators coming back in. PA72 also petitioned the competent authorities to remove the problems related to. mental foreigners, who cannot identify their identities; need to specify which agencies and funding sources for treating and treating them ", Mr. Tien said.

Earlier, at the end of 2015, Ho Chi Minh City police forces launched a large-scale raid on Khang Gia apartment area (Go Vap district), where many Africans reside. Through the inspection, police detained 21 people who could not produce identification. They are people who come to Vietnam for tourism but don't come over