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Debt main reason for Cambodians seeking jobs in Thailand

Khmer Times, Cambodia, 27 January 2021 - Unmanageable debts are one of the main reasons why many Cambodians have felt forced to leave their homes and look for jobs across the Thai border.

This was revealed in a yet to be released survey conducted by the Centre for Alliance of Labor and Human Rights (Central) done on 472 migrant workers who returned from Thailand in Kampung Thom, Siem Reap, Oddar Meanchey, Banteay Meanchey and Battambang provinces in September last year.

The other reasons cited were, among others, unemployment and being very poor.

During the survey, on the first question “Why did you migrate?” (Cambodia to Thailand), the top three answers were being in debt (309 respondents, 65.5 percent), unemployed (295, 62.5 percent) and “very poor” (266, 56.3 percent).

Other reasons included having too little farmland (211 respondents, 45 percent), having no farmland (212, 41 percent) and needing more income (175, 37.1 percent), not receiving profits for their produce (44 respondents, 9.3 percent) and following others across the border (38, 8.1 percent).

Central estimates that there are two million migrant workers in Thailand, by far home to the largest amount of Cambodian migrant workers. The second-largest concentration of migrant workers is in Malaysia, where there are an estimated 110,000 migrant workers, according to Central.



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