42% of Yangon residents are migrant

Workers attending a May Day ceremony in Hlaingthaya Industrial Zone.

About 17.5 per cent of Yangon under-30s are economic migrants who arrived from 2011 to 2014, according to JobNet.com.mm.

It quoted a survey by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population in 2015 which said about 42.3 per cent of Yangon were migrants.

According to a survey jointly conducted by World Bank and Livelihood and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT), migration increased since the economic reforms of 2011. Mass migration came from Ayeyarwady and Magway, mostly to Yangon and Mandalay. About 58 per cent of migrants from both regions moved to Yangon and most were young men.

Matt De Luca, the managing director of JobNet.com.mm, said: “Supply exceeds demand in the labour market due to the effect of rapid migration.”

Source: Eleven

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