Thailand: The Plight of Burmese Migrant Workers

Fewer Thai people are willing to work in “demeaning” jobs and Burmese nationals have arrived to fill the labour shortage. This report examines some of the key issues and problems faced by Burmese migrant workers and their families, the Royal Thai Government (RTG) and the employers. These include flaws in the registration implementation process; the RTG’s obligations under international law; and general lack of labour rights for migrant workers, including adequate pay, living and working conditions; freedom from arrest and deportation; and adequate health care.

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