No choice in Battambang: Cambodians have to migrate

Cambodians in Battambang province often have no other option than to migrate to neighboring Thailand to find a job. The impact is huge, with families being torn apart. My story for UCANews.

Yu Ya with her son and mother. Photo: Ate Hoekstra

Yu Ya doesn’t really want to go Thailand. She would much rather stay at home to look after her 1-year-old son. But the Cambodian woman feels like there’s no other option.

“There’s no job for me here. We only have a rice field and a small shop to sell rice soup for breakfast. That’s not enough to make a living,” she says in Bavel, a rural district in Battambang Province.

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