Experiences of Burmese irregular migrant workers in Thailand and social protection

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Thailand is home to 3 million Burmese migrants, and 1 million of whom are irregular status working under various precarious conditions. Irregular migrant workers are vulnerable from the stage of their migration journey to a new destination and in their respective workplaces. Additionally, as the world is facing the COVID-19 pandemic, it may also significantly impact Burmese migrants, in particular irregular migrant workers daily living negatively due to the suspension of some workplace and loss of jobs without compensation, livelihood and health crises, and border travel restriction. This study aims to explore what factor drove the Burmese people to become irregular migrant workers, their experiences before and during the pandemic, to what extend government, civil society organizations (NGOs and CBOs) reacting or responding to social services and protection, what are the key barriers or challenges to implementing the existing migrant law and policy, and how those challenges impact on irregular migrant in accessing services.
Period6 Nov 2020
Event titleDoctoral Student Policy Studies Seminar Series
Event typeSeminar
OrganisersInstitute of Policy Studies, School of Graduate Studies
LocationHong KongShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInstitutional