The Negative Economic Impacts of Myanmar Immigrant Workers in Trang Province, Thailand

Tunwarat Kongnun’s


The purpose of this study is to assess the impact of Myanmar immigrant workers on the Thai economy. The study is situated within the framework of neoclassic economic theory. This study adopts a qualitative research method by employing both primary and secondary data. To achieve the research objectives, 25 respondents who are chosen from the Immigration Department, Ministry of Labor, Employers, local workers, legal and illegal Myanmar workers were interviewed via an in-depth interviewed. Furthermore, thematic analysis was used in determining the relationship between the variables investigated and the economic factors namely; wages, labor demand, and remittance. The findings reveal that local employers prefer to immigrant labor over Thai workers because of low wages and long working hours. Further findings in this study reveal that there is a negative contribution of Myanmar workers to the Thai economy, considering these findings, theoretical, practical and methodological implications of this study were fully discussed.


Myanmar, Immigrant, economic, worker, Thailand

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