No choice in Battambang: Cambodians have to migrate

Families are torn apart as more Cambodians seek better-paying jobs across the border in Thailand.

Yu Ya with her son and mother at their home in Battambang province in Cambodia. With no job prospects in the impoverished region, Yu Ya will soon become a migrant worker in Thailand.

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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