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Exploitation and escape: journeys across the Burma-Thailand frontier


Farrelly, N, Exploitation and escape: journeys across the Burma-Thailand frontier, Labour Migration and Human Trafficking in Southeast Asia: Critical Perspectives, Taylor & Francis, M Ford, L Lyons and W van Schendel (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 130-148. ISBN 9780203121535 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: doi:10.4324/9780203121535


Along the Burma-Thailand border, through official channels or via countless informal paths, efforts to escape from the difficulties of life in Burma are ongoing.1 In many individual stories, obvious push factors such as war and poverty are combined with the groaning boredom, educational void and incessant petty hassles that dictate life for Burma’s non-elite citizens. Those who flee these familiar hardships are confronted by a new language, culture and economy. Few receive a warm welcome on the Thai side of the border and most find they are forced to survive at the bottom of a stark social and political hierarchy, often under conditions far from the comfortable life that they may have originally imagined. As bama (Thai for Burmese) they are generally regarded as a dispensable and temporary imposition.2

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Thailand, Burma
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Government and politics of Asia and the Pacific
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:International relations
Objective Field:International political economy (excl. international trade)
UTAS Author:Farrelly, N (Professor Nicholas Farrelly)
ID Code:145395
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2021-07-20
Last Modified:2021-07-20

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