We know that we are living illegally in this country as migrant workers, but we have no choice
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+ Comments We know that we are living illegally in this country as migrant workers, but we have no choice - 2008-05-02 16:56:31
When our feet touch the soil of a new country, our whole body senses that we are in a foreign land. We immediately feel fear, weakness, and insecurity. We are living here, but we have no official status. No one notices if we disappear, are murdered or raped. Having a work permit provides some security and makes us feel less afraid of the police, but this is expensive and most of us cannot afford it. Employers often take advantage of this situation and pay us less than the regular salary. But the income we make here is better than in Burma. It is difficult though, to balance our income and expenses. In our country, the civilians are powerless and those who do possess authority, abuse it. People in Burma have enough time to work. They have enough energy to work. But a job that gives them sufficient income and allows them to live a comfortable life does not exist over there. So, even though we know that this is not our home, we must stay. We live here, stateless and unsure of what the future holds for us. By MMT