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New Report Says Migrants in Thailand at Risk

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Humanitarian groups are calling on Thailand to find better ways to document and protect the millions of migrants who cross its borders seeking better economic conditions.

A report commissioned by the International Organization for Migration and United Nations agencies says many of the migrants from Burma, Laos and Cambodia are undocumented and have fallen victim to exploitation and violence. Female domestic workers are especially at risk.

Thailand has registered 93,000 migrant children under the age of 15 who are allowed to attend school, but the report says many are not being educated.

The report also calls attention to 135,000 displaced Burmese in nine camps along the border. The refugees are offered basic shelter, food, schooling and healthcare, but are not allowed to leave the camps to find work.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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