NAGOYA, JAPAN, May 13, 2016—Managing worker influx is often a problem for startup projects, and that can especially be the case when one of the main goals of the project is to encourage economic transformation.

Those are the dynamics key MFC staff explore in its presentation May 13, 2016, in a presentation about the Nghi Son Refinery Project at the annual IAIA conference in Nagoya, Japan.

The refinery project, now nearing the end of construction, is part of the Nghi Son Economic Zone (NSEZ), on the coast of Vietnam about 200 kilometres south of Hanoi. The NSEZ is a national initiative to transition the area into a industrial zone – it previously was based on small-scale fishing and agriculture – and incorporates a number of industrial projects. The refinery, which at the peak of construction employed more than 33,000 workers and attracted an estimated 300,000-plus “camp followers”, was the largest of the industrial initiatives in the zone.

MFC principal Tim McLaughlin and community health and engagement specialist Dr. Janis Shandro look at some of the tools their team used to help local people transition livelihoods and mitigate potential health impacts related to the influx.

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