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Myanmar migrant laborers in Ranong, Thailand

  • Fujita, Koichi
  • Endo, Tamaki
  • Okamoto, Ikuko
  • Nakanishi, Yoshihiro
  • Yamada, Miwa
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    Thailand is the major destination for migrants in mainland Southeast Asia, and Myanmar (Burmese) migrants account for the dominant share. This paper sheds light on the actual working conditions and the life of Myanmar migrants in Thailand, based on our intensive survey in Ranong in southern Thailand in 2009. We found a wide range of serious problems that Myanmar migrants face in everyday life: very harsh working conditions, low income, heavy indebtedness, risk of being human-trafficking victims, harassment by the police and military (especially of sex workers), high risk of illness including malaria and HIV/AIDS and limited access to affordable medical facilities, and a poor educational environment for their children.

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    Date of creation: 2010
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    Publication status: Published in IDE Discussion Paper. No. 257. 2010
    Handle: RePEc:jet:dpaper:dpaper257
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