Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand cautiously optimistic

Migrant fishermen from Myanmar unload fish from Thai boats after they stopped fishing operations at a port in Samut Sakhon province, Thailand, 01 July 2015. Photo: Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Many of Thailand’s migrant workers and refugees from Myanmar are watching closely the formation of a new government in Myanmar after the strong showing in the weekend elections by the National League for Democracy (NLD), VOA reported on 12 November.

But key community representatives say many migrant workers are cautiously optimistic a new government will provide the support they need to improve their lives.

Only a small fraction of the more than 2 million Myanmar workers and refugees living in Thailand were able to cast a vote in Myanmar’s national elections.

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