Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Burmese migrants

Chapter 1 includes migrants from Myanmar to Thailand as an example of workers moving from a very poor country to a poor country. Another example of migrants from Myanmar (or Burma) has been in the news lately. News outlets have been reporting on ethnic Rohinga migrants, who are Muslim, fleeing Myanmar for other countries in Southeast Asia. Many of the migrants are or were in desperate circumstances and victims of traffickers--thousands have been stranded at sea, and a mass grave of migrants was discovered near the Myanmar-Thailand border. The Rohinga are an exmaple of "stateless" people, or people who have no citizenship anywhere. See these articles in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and a NPR audio clip.

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