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Life on nearby construction sites is not much better. Workers still earn below the minimum wage and there are no safety standards. If more migrants were able to get work permits they could be employed legally and would be covered by normal labour regulations, but employers prefer to contract undocumented workers who can be paid less and dismissed at will.<br />
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There are around 1 million Burmese migrants living in Thailand. They exist in appalling poverty. Most are employed in backbreaking manual labour, on dangerous construction sites and fisheries or in karaoke bars and brothels.  They face constant harassment - wage exploitation, physical abuse, rape and even murder are commonplace and routinely go unpunished. Few have access to decent healthcare, to education or to legal protection. For the Burmese in Thailand, human rights are little more than a dream. And yet they choose to stay. Why? Because as bad as things are in Thailand, on the other side of the border, they are even worse.

Life on nearby construction sites is not much better. Workers still earn below the minimum wage and there are no safety standards. If more migrants were able to get work permits they could be employed legally and would be covered by normal labour regulations, but employers prefer to contract undocumented workers who can be paid less and dismissed at will.

There are around 1 million Burmese migrants living in Thailand. They exist in appalling poverty. Most are employed in...
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