Change a life
There are more than 109,000 Burmese refugees living in Thailand. The situation in Myanmar (Burma) is now relatively stable making it possible for them to think about returning home, but the route back is littered with vast numbers of anti-personnel mines.
Thailand is one of the main countries hosting asylum-seekers and refugees from Myanmar (Burma). Since 1984, the country has seen an influx of populations fleeing political violence in Myanmar and, more recently, of economic migrants. However, the situation in Myanmar has evolved since 2011, mainly thanks to political changes in the country, and the number of refugees living in the camps has been declining steadily. Even so, their number is still estimated at more than 109,000. Living conditions are extremely precarious in the nine camps set up along the Myanmar/Thailand border, where Handicap International works, especially for people with disabilities. Refugees are heavily reliant on the humanitarian aid provided by international NGOs and local organisations.
Myanmar is beginning to open up, but the border region is still blighted by the presence of innumerable landmines. These weapons constitute a major obstacle to the refugees returning to their country of origin on a voluntary and permanent basis.
 Number of refugees on the Myanmar/Thailand border, according to The Border Consortium (TBC).