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Al Jazeera 21 May 2020

Thailand lockdown: Jobless and trapped migrant workers in limbo

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Thailand's four million migrant workers are more vulnerable than ever after recent layoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With most borders closed, thousands are stranded and relying on handouts.
And there are fears their situation could get even worse once the country fully returns to work.

Al Jazeera's Scott Heidler reports from Samut Sakhon in Thailand.


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Police with batons attacked hundreds of unemployed migrant workers demanding trains take them to their villages in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, April 14, amid a nationwide lockdown.
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The world's biggest lockdown is having a significant impact on millions of migrant workers in India.
Unable to work and faced with the government shutdown of all buses and trains, many have resorted to walking hundreds of kilometres to return to their home states.

Al Jazeera's Elizabeth Puranam reports from New Delhi, India.
Hundreds of thousands of migrant workers in India have joined a mass exodus from major urban centres back to the countryside, amid fears over the coronavirus pandemic.
Millions of Myanmar migrant workers are thought to be stranded in Thailand after the border was closed and jobs were lost by the coronavirus lockdown.

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