INTRODUCTION having more immigrants in the last


Research Question

To what extent have
international migrants had an impact on employment and education across Eastern
Seaboard, Thailand?

This question links to
geography because it evaluates the impacts of international migration on the
destination country, Thailand. This question is of great interest because being
a migrant living in the Eastern Seaboard it would be interesting to find out
how migrants are having an impact on the local people living here. Moreover,
this topic is worth researching even more because the government recently
invested in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) project which is supposed to
increase economic output of the Eastern Seaboard however this could potentially
have an impact on the migration inflow into the Eastern Seaboard. This migration could create impacts on
the National economy and labor market: both positive and negative.

Geographical context

Figure 0.1: An info graphic diagram made by me showing
the location of the Eastern Seaboard with respect to Thailand. It also
shows the private and public investments put into the major development
projects in this area. (BOI’s incentives in the EEC, 2017)

Thailand has changed from having more emigrants to having
more immigrants in the last decade. The Thai economy accomplish considerable development
during the mid?1980s
from growing the tourism industry which has caused even more migration into
Thailand. Additionally,
during the financial crisis, labour-intensive businesses tried to maintain
their competitiveness by hiring a large number of low priced labour from neighboring
countries such as Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia- which enhanced the impacts on
national economy and labour market even more.



My Hypotheses

Employment: International migrant workers have pushed Thai people
out of low skilled jobs.

Education: International migrants have caused more Thai locals to
speak English.


An in depth interview with the Chonburi Provincial Employment
Office in Chonburi (CPEO), a local and a migrant was conducted. An1 in-depth interview should
provide me with more thorough information that other data collection methods,
such as surveys couldn’t provide. Its open ended nature allowed me to raise
further related questions in response to the interviewee’s answer- providing me
with more detailed understanding of this topic. The Employment Office in
Chonburi was chosen for the in depth interview because it is the most reliable
source for information because they are a government organization dealing with
employment and therefore should comprise data that helps me analyse my hypothesis.
In the contrary, the interviews with the migrant and the Thai local might not
provide me with the most accurate information but it will allow this research to
look at both perspectives and hence stop this research from becoming biased.  

A survey was filled by 10 locals and 10 migrants who were picked
by regular sampling to help find quantifiable results.2 Surveys are more
quantifiable because of their extensive nature- which should help back up some
of the data collected by the interviews. Moreover, every
member of the Eastern Seaboard population was given equal opportunities of
being selected as I was selecting every 10th person who walked on
the street – making this piece of data reliable because of its fair method. However because of the
limit in time, it was only possible to survey 20 people which is not a proper
representation of the population of Eastern Seaboard.

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