The theme of this photo essay concerns Burmese migrant workers who live outside of the Thai mainstream.
I wanted to show thier lives outside of work and enter their personal living spaces.Unfortunately Burmese migrants are considered disposable workers without the same rights and human dignity afforded others in Thailand.
The photos are frojm Mahachai just an hour south of Bangkok. This city has the highest concentration of Burmese immigrants in Thailand.In fact So many Burmese migrants call it home that its been named " Lilttle Burma ".
Many Burmese migrants and other ethnic groups flee from Burma to find a better life. Most find work in Thailand's flourishing fishing and shrimp industry. What they often find is exclusion and marginalization in Thai soceity.
In some well-documented cases by organizations like Human Rights Watch, migrant workers face.physical abuse ,exploitation , child labor, extortion, and coruption by local offcials.
Thai laws restrict migrant worker rights to effectively orgainize,Burmese migrants face enormous challenges for the foreseeable future.
Matthew Van Saun is a freelance photographer based out of the Bay Area. He has extensive experience traveling in South East Asia particularly Thailand, Laos, and Burma.
His passion for immigrant rights, refugee issues and health education help shape his photography.
The main goal of his photography are to expose human rights issues to the public, by creating photo essays that are emotional and thought provoking.
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Human Rights Watch
Labor Rights Promotion Network ( LPN)
Seafarere's Union of Burma ( SUB)
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