Re­search pro­ject to col­lect data on mi­grant work­ers

The Myanmar Times - - News - KYAW KO KO hlaingkyaw­soe@mm­times.com

A RE­SEARCH team is con­duct­ing a nine-month sur­vey to de­ter­mine the push and pull fac­tors of mi­gra­tion from Myan­mar.

The re­search will take place in Man­dalay and Aye­yarwady re­gions as well as in Rakhine and Shan states.

“We hope to find out where peo­ple mi­grate to, how much they can earn, whether their mi­gra­tion re­ally ben­e­fits their fam­i­lies, and who takes re­spon­si­bil­ity for their fam­ily du­ties while they are away,” said Michiko Ito, pro­gram man­ager at the In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Mi­gra­tion (IOM).

The IOM is con­duct­ing the study, along with the Metta De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion, the Min­istry of Labour, Im­mi­gra­tion and Pop­u­la­tion, and the University of Sus­sex.

The re­search will cen­tre on ru­ral de­vel­op­ment and poverty al­le­vi­a­tion. It will con­sider mi­gra­tion from the per­spec­tive of the mi­grant, their fam­ily and so­ci­ety as a whole.

“[Peo­ple] mi­grate be­cause they want their lives to be bet­ter. But they still face many dif­fi­cul­ties. That’s why we want to give them in­for­ma­tion which can show them which form of mi­gra­tion can pro­vide a bet­ter life for them,” said Ms Ito.

The re­search will en­tail both quan­ti­ta­tive and qual­i­ta­tive data col­lec­tion and will be di­vided into two stages.

The first stage will be con­ducted from Novem­ber to De­cem­ber of this year, with the sec­ond stage in May and June of next year.

“The main dif­fi­culty for us is trans­porta­tion. It’s very dif­fi­cult to travel be­tween vil­lages. Our job will re­quire us to travel all around the coun­try. Also, in Shan State, there are a num­ber of dif­fer­ent eth­nic­i­ties and dif­fer­ent lan­guages,” Ms Ito said.

In a pre­vi­ous study, the In­ter­na­tional Labour Or­gan­i­sa­tion found that 3.9 per­cent of Myan­mar na­tion­als are mi­grant work­ers who go abroad for work. – Trans­la­tion by Zar Zar Soe

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