From 25 July to 5 August 2020, IOM surveyed 164 Myanmar migrants in the Mueang Ranong district of Ranong province in order to better understand their situation and vulnerabilities following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Thailand.
This report is the first in a series to highlight the extent of the COVID-19 effects on returning migrants from Thailand in terms of their anticipated socio-economic vulnerabilities and challenges.
From mid-January to mid-March 2020, a total of 2,013 Myanmar nationals were surveyed in the province of Ranong, of whom 1,962 were identified as migrant workers. The 1,962 migrant workers fell into two different migrant groups.
One key finding of the report is that Bangladeshi regular and irregular potential migrants share many characteristics.