Land Acquisition Under Land Law 2013: A Case Study of Vinh City, Nghe An Province




Vietnam, Nghe An Province, Land Acquisition, Land Law 2013, VSIP


After implementing a comprehensive reform in 1986, Vietnam witnessed change in many aspects. One of these changes is that agricultural land has been converted into industrial and urban land. Increasing land demand, leading to land acquisition, is inevitable. Over time, land laws and policies have been developed to address various problems. However, land acquisition and compensation procedures still have many issues to be solved. This paper outlines changes in Vietnam’s legal system related to land acquisition, followed by land acquisition forms and procedures. Responses to this process were inquired through a survey of 170 landless households in Vinh city. Ten face-to-face interviews were also conducted to collect qualitative data. The results show that the authorities have followed the land acquisition procedures in the Vietnamese context. However, directly affected households do not feel satisfied with the compensation that the state has paid to them, while indirectly affected families rated the current policy as unfair to them.

Author Biographies

Tran Tuan Nguyen, National Economics University, Vietnam

Tran Tuan Nguyen is a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Economics and Land Administration, Faculty of Real Estate and Resources Economics, National Economics University, Vietnam. His research interests include rural development, land-use change, economic geography, and urban planning. 

Hegedűs Gábor, University of Szeged, Hungary

Gábor Hegedűs is a lecturer at the Department of Economic and Social Geography, University of Szeged, Hungary, where he obtained his Ph.D. in Human Geography in 2011. His research interests involve rural geography and rural development, urban geography, gated communities, and return migration, in Hungary as well as other parts of the world. 


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