Refugee and Return

Displacement along the Thai-Myanmar Border

  • Supang Chantavanich
  • Aungkana Kamonpetch

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environment, Security, Development and Peace book series (BRIEFSSECUR, volume 28)

Also part of the Migration Studies book sub series (MIGST, volume 28)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Supang Chantavanich, Aungkana Kamonpetch
    Pages 1-7
  3. Lahpai Nang Sam Aung, Hkawn Ja Aung
    Pages 23-35
  4. Nwe Ni Win Kyaw, Ni Ni Win
    Pages 37-48
  5. Supang Chantavanich, Aungkana Kamonpetch
    Pages 49-59
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 61-71

About this book


This book provides essential background information on the protracted displacement of several ethnic groups along the Thai-Myanmar border before turning to an examination of whether Myanmar has now shifted into a post-conflict society, the expected challenges involved in reintegrating returnees to Myanmar, and the possibility of voluntary and sustainable repatriation. The authors conclude that, given the current, ongoing security challenges and the lack of job opportunities in Myanmar, voluntary repatriation is not yet feasible as a long-term solution. After more than 60 years of conflict and displacement, Myanmar is now in the midst of political reform. A new nominally civilian government and the promise of elections in 2015 have raised hopes of a lasting democratic transition after years of military rule. For the first time in decades, repatriation of refugees in Thailand is being discussed as a real and imminent possibility.


Ethnic Groups Migration Post-conflict Society Repatriation of Refugees Thailand-Myanmar Border

Editors and affiliations

  • Supang Chantavanich
    • 1
  • Aungkana Kamonpetch
    • 2
  1. 1.Asian Research Center for Migration (ARCM)Chulalongkorn UniversityBangkokThailand
  2. 2.Asian Studies Asian Reser Center for MigChulalongkorn University, Institute of Asian Studies Asian Reser Center for MigBangkokThailand

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