Hlaingthaya Migrant Quarters

Hlaingthaya Township, Myanmar is situated just outside of Yangon and is home to 160,000 working class people, many who are migrants from the countryside. After Cyclone Nargis in 2008, the area saw a large increase in population due to climate refugees. Most migrants find work as day labourers or working in the Hlaingthaya Industrial Zone, which came to inception during the 1980’s. The areas is devoted to mostly factories for the garment industry. Around Hlaingthaya's main bus stop is the hustle and bustle of the busy migrant quarters. The area is prone to flooding; hence, sanitation and access to clean drinking water is an issue for many. Currently, around fifty percent of children don't attend school. For those that do receive an education, roughly ten percent drop out before graduation.

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