Searching for a better future for themselves and their children many Burmese come to Thailand either as Refugees escaping conflict and living in refugee camps, or as migrants seeking work.
Marists serve ‘the most neglected, the poor, and those who suffer injustice’. Marist Mission Ranong began in 2006 responding to the education, health and migrant worker needs of the Burmese Community in the significant border crossing town of Ranong opposite the southern most town of Burma / Myanmar (Kaw Thaung).
It is estimated there are over 160,000 Burmese refugees, 450,000 internally displaced people within the Mynamar Border, and over 1 Million Burmese Migrant Workers seeking work in Thailand. The latest estimates suggest Ranong alone has up to 140,000 Burmese Migrants, most of whom work in the fishing industry. Often they find the conditions in Ranong difficult.