Should I become a migrant worker as a single mom?

By Diep Oanh   August 25, 2023 | 05:00 pm PT
I’m 30 and divorced, as my ex-husband was addicted to gambling. My current monthly income is VND11 million (around $460).

That salary is just enough for me to cover expenses for me and my four-year-old daughter. I don’t have any savings, and my ex-husband does not send any alimony.

My daughter and I are living with my parents, who do manual labor jobs, so my whole family is not really well-off either. I have a 23-year-old younger brother who may get married in the near future, and I think it will be hard for me to get on well with my future sister-in-law. That means living at my parents’ place forever does not seem a feasible idea.

I’m wondering whether I should go abroad as a migrant worker, work there for a few years, and save money to afford a small house in Vietnam, since I cannot save any money with my current salary.

But the atmosphere in my family is very good now, as my preschool-age daughter stays home all the time, my parents adore her, and my ex-husband drops by sometimes to visit us. I’m not ready to leave it behind to migrate yet.

What should I do?

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