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Leaving Children with Grandparents in Myanmar: Experiences and Perceptions of Migrants in Samut Sakhon Province in Thailand

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PDF Knodel, John E., Wiraporn Pothisiri, Chanettee Milintangul, and Busarin Bangkaew. 2015. Leaving Children with Grandparents in Myanmar: Experiences and Perceptions of Migrants in Samut Sakhon Province in Thailand. College of Population Studies, Chulalongkorn University.

The roles of grandparenthood in family systems are influenced by the presence of adult children who are the middle generation. While it is normative for grandparents in Asia, including Myanmar, to provide routine care for grandchildren, an absence of the middle generation alters the degree of grandparents' involvement with and influence on grandchildren. In Myanmar, cross-border migration to Thailand has become an increasingly common experience for adult workers in states bordering Thailand. Many leave young children behind in the care of aging grandparents. The survey upon which this report is based was conducted in Samut Sakhon province bordering on Bangkok, where there is an enormous concentration of migrants from Myanmar in the extensive fishing industry. This research quantified the degree to which these migrants left behind children with the children's grandparents in Myanmar and examined various aspects of the migrants' relationship with these grandparents and how they perceived the grandparents' situation in relation to caring for the grandchildren.

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