Illgal Myanmar 'wives' return to home country
Updated: 2006-07-18 09:58
Pulic security authorities in Xincai County, central China's Henan Province,
repatriated six Myanmar women last week, who were illegal immigrants and had
Henan authorities have recently carried out a campaign to track down illegal
immigrants, the Legal Evening News reported yesterday.
But how many foreigners have been repatriated in the campaign has not been
released, the newspaper said.
In the recent two years, "wives" from Myanmar have become an increasingly
noticeable presence in some areas of the province.
Poverty is considered a major reason for the illegal immigration of Myanmar
women and illegal marriage.
Citing Cai Xiangyang, a Myanmar language expert who worked as an interpreter
in the case, the newspaper said in those less developed areas in Myanmar, some
Myanmar people hoped to go to China to have a better life through marriage with
However, poverty is also a reason why some Henan people were willing to marry
An old villager surnamed Zhang, whose son married a Myanmar "wife," said they
should build a new house and prepare betrothal gifts for marrying. Although it
is not a rich village, marriage still costs 20,000 to 30,000 yuan (US$2,500 to
US$3,750). It's much cheaper to marry a Myanmar "wife," costing more than 10,000
yuan, he said.