When Myanmar in 2014 conducted its first comprehensive census in 30 years, the country was shocked to discover that some millions were missing from the count, which came in at around 51.5 million people. Last year, when I was conducting demographic research surveys in Mon state in southern Myanmar, near the Thai border, I saw another alarming trend: Almost every other household had sent at least one person to live and work in Thailand. This labor migration has significantly affected the Mon region. Agriculture, the mainstay of the economy, is shrinking; manufacturing and food processing factories are struggling for survival; and the social fabric is collapsing with many families torn apart as they seek work elsewhere.

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The Irrawaddy reporter Nyein Nyein talks to Htoo Chit, migrant rights advocate and director of the Foundation for Education Development (FED), outside Talay Thai Seafood Market in Mahachai, Thailand—where Aung San Suu Kyi will meet with migrant workers from Burma on Thursday afternoon—about the Thai government’s selection process for the meeting and why banned workers protested the decision.

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Government interference and corruption have left Myanmar’s legal fraternity in a shambles, its lawyers poorly trained and its judges cowed by police.

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Government interference and corruption have left Myanmar’s legal fraternity in a shambles, its lawyers poorly trained and its judges cowed by police.

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After nearly one thousand local residents in Myitkyina, Kachin State took to the streets on Tuesday to protest the shooting of a teen by a Burma Army soldier, the Ministry of Defense has officially announced the cause of death as a “misfire.”

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The Arakan National Party (ANP) has condemned the Burmese government’s suggestion that the ethnic Rohingya be referred to as the “Muslim community in Arakan State”.

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The majority of supply chain auditors across Asia have encountered child labour in the last two years, and in only a third of cases could they confirm the children were removed from the factories, a survey has found.

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Residents of southern Shan State’s Panglong sub-township have called on the newly elected government led by the National League for Democracy (NLD) to intervene in their fight to get lands back.

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The Mon National Party (MNP) has urged the Mon State Chief Minister to withdraw the proposed issuing of household documents to migrant workers in an open letter, yesterday [June 20]. The migrant specific proposal is part of Mon State’s 100-day project.

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The Mon State Government will replace the ‘Bop Htaw’ statue at the roundabout near the Thanlwin [Salween] Bridge, the entrance to Mon State’s capital, Moulmien.

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Burma’s President Htin Kyaw has formed four national-level committees for transportation, water resources, land use policy and foreigner supervision, chaired by two vice-presidents and two union ministers, according to a statement released by the President’s Office today.

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Local Thai authorities have reportedly cancelled the State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi’s official visit to the Tham Hin refugee camp in Ratchaburi province on Saturday, according to sources close to the camp administration.

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People living along the Salween River are calling for a review of plans to build mega-dams on the river ahead of an official visit to Thailand by Burma’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi this week.

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In Myanmar, thousands of families earn a living farming the crop that feeds the heroin habit of the world’s drug users. But not all of the country’s opium is smuggled abroad.

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Aung San Suu Kyi will land in Bangkok for the first time since her triumphant 2015 election victory on June 23. Her Thai military hosts know something about elections: They tend not to respect their outcomes.

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After Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi took over power of Myanmar a nationality verification process was initiated in the Rakhine State dominated by the Muslim minority community.

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After Aung San Suu Kyi lands in Bangkok on June 23 for a three-day visit, her first destination will not be Government House, but Mahachai, a district best known for seafood, 16km south of Bangkok. This coastal town has come to symbolize the Thailand-Myanmar relationship for decades. It has been the backdrop to media stories about human trafficking and slave labor as well as human rights abuses. During her first visit there in November 2012, Suu Kyi pledged to help the workers and urged them to fight for their rights.

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The United Nations (UN) special rapporteur on human rights in Burma, Yanghee Lee, and Arakan State Chief Minister Nyi Pu struck a conciliatory tone on a meeting in the state capital Sittwe on Wednesday, in which the contentious terms “Rohingya” and “Bengali” were avoided.

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The European Union said on Wednesday Myanmar needed “space” to deal with human rights abuses in its restive northwest, adding it would respect the call by country leader Aung San Suu Kyi to avoid the term “Rohingya” to describe persecuted Muslims there.

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Troops from the Kachin Independence Army’s (KIA) Regiment 6 attacked a Burma Army camp in Bang Lum Bum Mountain, between Mongyar and Mongkoe in northern Shan State, at 7 pm on 19 June.

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