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Most Burmese Migrants Want to Leave Thailand: Survey

19 December 2013

A survey of Burmese workers in Thailand has revealed that 80 percent want to return to their homeland, reports The Bangkok Post. The survey, by the International Organization of Migration (IOM), was based on interviews with 5,000 Burmese workers living in seven Thai provinces with large migrant populations. Of those who said they wanted to leave Thailand, 41 percent said they hope to do so within the next five years. The report also showed that Thailand could face a shortage of up to five million migrant laborers by 2025. IOM Thailand and the Asian Research Center for Migration at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University presented the findings on Wednesday, which was International Migrants Day.