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With conditions as they are, it is no surprise that thousands of Burmese cross the border into Thailand every day, either as refugees from violence or as economic migrants desperate for a way to feed their families. Some enter Thailand legally, but many more cross unofficially. They are greeted with exploitation on a massive scale.<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.

With conditions as they are, it is no surprise that thousands of Burmese cross the border into Thailand every day, either as refugees from violence or as economic migrants desperate for a way to feed their families. Some enter Thailand legally, but many more cross unofficially. They are greeted with exploitation on a massive scale.

There are around 1 million Burmese migrants living in Thailand. They exist in appalling poverty. Most are employed in backbreaking manual labour, on...
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