Thailand is home to 3 million Burmese migrants, and 1 million of whom are irregular status working under various precarious conditions. Irregular migrant workers are vulnerable from the stage of their migration journey to a new destination and in their respective workplaces. Additionally, as the world is facing the COVID-19 pandemic, it may also significantly impact Burmese migrants, in particular irregular migrant workers daily living negatively due to the suspension of some workplace and loss of jobs without compensation, livelihood and health crises, and border travel restriction. This study aims to explore what factor drove the Burmese people to become irregular migrant workers, their experiences before and during the pandemic, to what extend government, civil society organizations (NGOs and CBOs) reacting or responding to social services and protection, what are the key barriers or challenges to implementing the existing migrant law and policy, and how those challenges impact on irregular migrant in accessing services.
Biography of speaker
Mr. TUAL SAWN KHAI
Mr. KHAI is a Ph.D. student in Sociology and Social Policy at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. He graduated with a master degree in Social Services and Development (MSSD) from the Asian Social Institute (ASI) the Philippines and conducted fieldwork in Malaysia and completed his thesis on the topic of" Experiences of Chin Irregular Migrant Workers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia" A Case Study. Prior to joining Lingnan University, he worked as Development Coordinator in Equality Myanmar (EQMM) to improve LGBT rights, women's rights, Child rights, freedom of religion, and human rights conditions in Myanmar. His research interests are Migrant, Aging, Social Protection.