This study of rural-to-rural migration in Vietnam investigates the role of social networks in the migration process and how they affect the risks associated with mobility. The findings point to a complex picture in which migrants use their social capital to reduce the challenges associated with moving, settling and both accessing and maintaining income opportunities at the destination. At the same time, the pooling of financial and human resources at the origin household level allows migrants to take greater economic risks at the destination, thus potentially increasing levels of livelihood vulnerability for both the migrant and those household members left behind.
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