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Cross-Border Migration in Proximity: Thai-Muslim Workers Migrating from Southern Thailand to Northern Malaysia

Studies reasons why Thai-Muslim migrant workers – especially Muslim women – decide to become clandestine employees in the Northern Malaysia for many decades even though their employment status seems to be much unstable. Investigates flow of migrant workers from Southern Thailand to Northern Malaysia, especially from Satun to Langkawi of Malaysia, and describes job characteristics as well as work life of those Thai-Muslim women. Reveals a key implication that national border is less importance than religious and ethnic similarity when ethnic minorities seem to be marginalized in their own country, but hold mainstream religious and ethnic identities in another cross-national border.