Between "Voluntary Migrants" and War Refugees: The Health of the Shan Burmese Migrant Workers in Northern Thailand

Nishant Verma*, Celina Su, Coralie Chan, Peter Muennig

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Abstract

The Shan are a large migrant group from Burma (Myanmar) found within Thailand. While some Shan migrate to escape the civil war within Burma, others migrate for economic opportunity. Despite the size of this population, little is known about their health. Our study highlights the need for expanded access to primary care among this Shan population. Despite the arduous and trying journeys of these Shan migrants, they do not display the level of health sometimes attributed to health selection among immigrant groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)452-459
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2011

Keywords

  • Burmese refugees
  • Shan
  • Thailand
  • healthy immigrant effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Health(social science)
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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