Jobless Myanmar workers in Thailand too scared to go home

Jobless Myanmar migrant worker Cho Lwin with her younger daughter in their rented home in Thailand's Ranong province. On her left is a photo of her 16-year-old daughter who is in Myanmar.
Jobless Myanmar migrant worker Cho Lwin with her younger daughter in their rented home in Thailand's Ranong province. On her left is a photo of her 16-year-old daughter who is in Myanmar.ST PHOTO: TAN HUI YEE

RANONG - Ms Cho Lwin has been home to Myanmar just twice in her 20 years of working in Thailand. But she lost her job shelling shrimp last year, and then struggled for months to find employment in a Thai economy roiled by the coronavirus pandemic.

In January, the 46-year-old migrant finally gave up and registered with the Myanmar embassy to return home. She thought she could at least take care of her 75-year-old mother even if money was hard to come by.

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