Monday, 27 February 2012

Dawei industrial zone as migrant 'push' factor

The UN's news outlet IRIN reports that construction of the Dawei industrial zone is displacing local rural residents, many of whom have decided to move to Thailand as a result.

A development spree in Myanmar following recent political reforms may have hidden costs for rural dwellers, especially ethnic minorities, say analysts.

Speaking at a recent conference in Yangon on inclusive growth, former World Bank president and Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz warned that Myanmar risked becoming "a rich country with poor people", as quoted in local media.


"Others in the village are also talking about moving to Thailand," she [a Myanmar migrant worker in Thailand] added. "People in the area [of Dawei] are very worried about their future. Right now buildings are mushrooming. They are accelerating the building."

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