Migrant exodus puts strain on ailing Thai economy

June 19, 2014 9:10 PM

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Migrant exodus puts strain on ailing Thai economy

SAMUT PRAKARN Thailand (Reuters) - Lek Numthong, who supplies foreign laborers for construction sites on the fringes of the Thai capital, normally has a truckload of workers eager to make a day's wage. But his pick-up has been all but empty for a week.

About 200,000 Cambodians, a key component of the migrant workforce, have turned tail and gone home. The clumsy rhetoric that apparently precipitated their departure may be the first misstep in the efforts by the generals now running the country to revive an economy battered by months of political tu...

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