Updated: June 05, 2020 10:51 AM GMT
Myanmar migrants and Thai workers gather fresh shrimp at a seafood market in the coastal province of Samut Sakhon. (Photo: AFP)
Migrant workers from Myanmar may not return to Thailand in the wake of a severe downturn in one of Southeast Asia’s strongest economies.
Migrant laborers, especially from neighboring Myanmar, have helped prop up Thailand’s economy, with foreign workers performing a wide range of low-skilled and low-paid jobs from factory work to fishing.
Yet the economic slump brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic has dealt a blow to Thailand’s labor market, which has forced numerous Myanmar laborers to return home earlier this year as a countrywide lockdown was put in place in Thailand.
Many of these laborers may not return to try and find work in the foreseeable future.
….as we enter the last months of 2021, we are asking readers like you to help us keep UCA News free.
For the last 40 years, UCA News has remained the most trusted and independent Catholic news and information service from Asia. Every week, we publish nearly 100 news reports, feature stories, commentaries, podcasts and video broadcasts that are exclusive and in-depth, and developed from a view of the world and the Church through informed Catholic eyes.
Our journalistic standards are as high as any in the quality press; our focus is particularly on a fast-growing part of the world - Asia - where, in some countries the Church is growing faster than pastoral resources can respond to – South Korea, Vietnam and India to name just three.
And UCA News has the advantage of having in its ranks local reporters who cover 23 countries in south, southeast, and east Asia. We report the stories of local people and their experiences in a way that Western news outlets simply don’t have the resources to reach. And we report on the emerging life of new Churches in old lands where being a Catholic can at times be very dangerous.
With dwindling support from funding partners in Europe and the USA, we need to call on the support of those who benefit from our work.