Study: Five percent of households have economic migrants

About five percent of Myanmar households have relatives working abroad, according to U San Myint, director general of the Central Statistical Organisation.

“They are economic migrants. About 5 percent of households have relatives working abroad for economic reasons,” he said at the launch of the Myanmar Living Conditions Survey (2017).

Youths in southern Myanmar, especially in Tanintharyi, Kayin and Mon states, are going to Thailand to work, as they earn more money there, said U Set Aung, deputy minister of Planning, Finance and Industry.

“We do not see not many young people in southern Myanmar, as they often cross the Thai border to work,” he said at the event on Friday.

The migrant workers, who mostly come from farm families, send their earnings back to Myanmar to help improve the lives of their families, U Set Aung said.

U San Lin, a farmer in Lewe, Nay Pyi Taw, sent his son to Thailand to work.

“We have been farming on 10 acres of land for a long time,” he said. “Sometimes we make good money, sometimes we lose. We cannot survive on farming. Only when my son went to work in Thailand did our lives improve,” he said.

The survey said “Kayin and Mon have the highest share of households receiving remittances from abroad, 38.1pc and 32pc respectively, and the largest number of households receiving international remittances, more than 100,000 each.’’

Also receiving a lot of remittances from abroad are Shan, Rakhine, Bago, Tanintharyi, Magwe and Ayeyarwady regions.

Rakhine receives substantial remittances from Malaysia, while Yangon Region receives remittances from Singapore. – Translated

Written by Htoo Thant
Source: Myanmar Times
Published on 10 February 2020

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