Gender Differences in Attitudes toward Migrant Workers in Thailand: Evidence from Khon Kaen City

By Chavis Ketkaew and Phaninee Naruetharadhol.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies

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This research investigates the differences between the attitudes of the local men and women toward problems associated with migrant workers. Using stratified random sampling technique, 460 local Khon Kaen people were randomly selected as samples. The samples were asked to rate their attitudes towards the followings: health and sanitation problems, economic and labor problems, and crime and drug problems. Based on descriptive statistics and t-test, it appears that the local women had more negative attitudes toward every issue as compared to the men. There is especially a significant difference in attitude between the local men and women towards problems of migrant workers being disease carriers as well as being competitors with local people for jobs. The aspect with the highest level of negative attitude for both men and women is the crime and drug problems, followed by the economic and labor problems, and the health and sanitation problems.

Keywords: Gender Difference, Migrant Worker, Attitude

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, Volume 11, Issue 3, September 2016, pp.25-33. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: September 9, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 759.105KB)).

Chavis Ketkaew

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Global Business Program, Khon Kaen University International College, Khon Kaen, Thailand

Phaninee Naruetharadhol

Chair, Global Business Program, Khon Kaen University International College, Khon Kaen, Thailand