In pictures: Burmese migrants

Living conditions

This is a Burmese dormitory community in Mahachai. Sometimes 15 people or more live in one room, in cramped and unsanitary conditions. In some provinces even Burmese migrants with work permits are banned from owning motorbikes or mobile phones.

Despite this, most say they are much happier in Thailand, because of the wretched conditions back in Burma, where they have little chance of making sufficient income to sustain a family.

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