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Cambodian Migrants in Thailand: Working Conditions and Issues

Date

2011

Authors

John Walsh and Makararavy Ty

Abstract

The significant differences in standards of living available across the Thai-Cambodian border are influential in
encouraging large numbers of Cambodian migrants to travel for work in Thailand on a temporary or permanent
basis. Demand for labour is generally in labour-intensive industries with low value added and the low wages
provided act to depress overall earnings. This situation contributes to social tensions and means otherwise
uncompetitive work is continued which would otherwise be discontinued because of lack of profitability. Using
the findings from qualitative, in-depth interviews with 59 Cambodian migrant workers in Thailand, this paper
investigates the types of work that Cambodian migrants are undertaking in Thailand and the conditions in which
they live, which is partly determined by the type of work they undertake. Living conditions will in turn
determine to some extent the ability of workers to modify their future prospects as remittances change their
future prospects.

Journal title

Asian Social Science

Volume

7

Issue

7

Page numbers

23-29

Publisher

Canadian Center of Science and Education

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Keywords

Cambodian migrant workers, Thailand, Living Condition

Economic sectors

General relevance - all sectors

Content types

Statistics on work and life conditions

Target groups

Policymakers, Public awareness, Researchers, and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Geographical focuses

Regional relevance

Spheres of activity

Social work

Languages

English