The Response of the Local Workers to Myanmar Immigrant Workers in Trang Province, Thailand

Tunwarat Kongnun’s

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The purpose of this study is to investigate the reactions of local workers towards Myanmar immigrant workers. The study is situated within the framework of the push-pull theory. Using the qualitative research method, both primary and secondary data were employed. The primary data were obtained via an in-depth interview with 25 respondents from the Immigration Department, Ministry of Labor, Employers, local workers, legal and illegal Myanmar workers. While, the secondary data were gathered from books, journal articles, and online sources. Moreover, thematic analysis was used to analyze the interviewed data. The findings reveal a negative relationship between immigrant workers and local workers. This is because Myanmar immigrant workers are willing to receive a low wage because they needed the job for survival. Thus, contributes to the increasing unemployment rate recorded among local workers. The study established that local workers have a negative attitude towards Myanmar immigrant workers. Based on these findings, this study recommends that the Thai government should formulate a policy that will checkmate illegal immigrants from working in the country. It also suggests that the government should make a policy that will encourage the local labor force.

The purpose of this study is to investigate the reactions of local workers towards Myanmar immigrant workers. The study is situated within the framework of the push-pull theory. Using the qualitative research method, both primary and secondary data were employed. The primary data were obtained via an in-depth interview with 25 respondents from the Immigration Department, Ministry of Labor, Employers, local workers, legal and illegal Myanmar workers. While, the secondary data were gathered from books, journal articles, and online sources. Moreover, thematic analysis was used to analyze the interviewed data. The findings reveal a negative relationship between immigrant workers and local workers. This is because Myanmar immigrant workers are willing to receive a low wage because they needed the job for survival. Thus, contributes to the increasing unemployment rate recorded among local workers. The study established that local workers have a negative attitude towards Myanmar immigrant workers. Based on these findings, this study recommends that the Thai government should formulate a policy that will checkmate illegal immigrants from working in the country. It also suggests that the government should make a policy that will encourage the local labor force.


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Myanmar, Immigrant, local, worker, Thailand

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