Thai Migrant Workers in Agriculture Farms in New Zealand: A Short Case Study

  •  Thongphon Promsaka Na Sakolnakorn    
  •  Aree Naipinit    
  •  Punya Tepsing    
  •  Patarapong Kroeksakul    


This paper’s aim is to study the problems Thai migrant workers face in agricultural farming in New Zealand and to provide guidelines for solving these problems. This study used in-depth interviews conducted between the years 2007 and 2012, with accidental sampling, and the data were analyzed using a content analysis. The study found that the main motivation of Thai workers is to send remittance back home to pay off family debt. Many Thai workers came to work in New Zealand because their relatives motivated them, and the problems they face while there include a limitation of working visas, English language barriers, and an inability to find work. In order to solve these problems the Thai government should train Thai workers both before and after working aboard.

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