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Myanmar migrant workers unlikely to return to Thailand

Economic slump brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic has dealt a blow to the country's labor market

UCA News reporter, Bangkok

UCA News reporter, Bangkok

Updated: June 05, 2020 10:51 AM GMT
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Myanmar migrant workers unlikely to return to Thailand

Myanmar migrants and Thai workers gather fresh shrimp at a seafood market in the coastal province of Samut Sakhon. (Photo: AFP)

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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.

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