Migrant-worker remittances and Burma: an economic analysis of survey results

Sean Turnell*, Alison Vicary, Wylie Bradford

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The purpose of this chapter, accordingly, is to attempt to remedy this neglect at least partially by shedding some light on the nature, patterns and magnitude of the remittances sent by Burmese migrant workers and refugees in Thailand. Central to this analysis is the survey conducted by the authors across 2002–03. The use of a survey is necessary in the context of Burma since, firstly and simply, information and data scarcely exist in any other form. A survey is, however, also useful for other reasons when exploring remittances, including the fact that it can shed light on the uses of funds sent, the incentives faced by senders and recipients and other salient facts beyond simply financial data. Similar studies using household and individual survey data have yielded much information regarding remittances in other countries and regions, but this is the first such study regarding Burma and its population in Thailand.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDictatorship, disorder and decline in Myanmar
EditorsMonique Skidmore, Trevor Wilson
Place of PublicationCanberra, Australia
PublisherANU E Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781921536335
ISBN (Print)9781921536328
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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