Abuse, Poverty and Migration: Investigating migrants' motivations to leave home in Burma

The Karen Human Rights Group's report Abuse, Poverty and Migration: Investigating migrants' motivations to leave home in Burma 2009 is available to download free.

Download the full document here: http://www.khrg.org/khrg2009/khrg0903.html

International reporting of the large-scale migration of those leaving Burma in search of work abroad has highlighted the perils for migrant during travel and in host countries. However, there has been a lack of research in the root causes of this migration. Identifying the root causes of migration has important implications for the assistance and protection of these migrants. Drawing on over 150 interviews with villagers in rural Burma and those from Burma who have sought employment abroad, this report identifies the exploitative abuse underpinning poverty and livelihoods vulnerability in Burma which, in turn, are major factors motivating individuals to leave home and seek work abroad.

"[T]he majority of the people in my village have come to work in Thailand. They don't want to stay in their village because they're afraid that they'll have to do forced labour."
Ko M (male, 30), T*** village, Dooplaya District, Karen State (Feb 2009)

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