ZHAI Yalei

Position: Affiliated Assistant Professor

MAIL:

Research Departments

Political & Economic Coexistence

Area

Research Interests

・ Who Evacuated and Who Was Left Behind?: Exploring the Effects of Household Wealth on Evacuation Behavior in War-shattered Rural Myanmar
・Labor Market Participation of Myanmarese Migrants in Rural Yunnan, China: Ethnic Interactions with Inflow of Migrants from Myanmar



Who Evacuated and Who Was Left Behind?: Exploring the Effects of Household Wealth on Evacuation Behavior in War-shattered Rural Myanmar

This study reveals the determinants of evacuation choices of 214 households of different wealth statuses in 6 villages in Myanmar, where civil conflicts happened in 2015. We found that wealthier households were more likely to evacuate and evacuate with a longer duration, and take all family members to evacuate. On the other hand, poor households tended to be hesitant about evacuation, which we consider as a consequence of lack of financial ability. These results highlight the possibility that the damage to poor households from civil conflicts results in hesitant evacuation, and further suggest that poor households face greater vulnerability.

Labor Market Participation of Myanmarese Migrants in Rural Yunnan, China: Ethnic Interactions with Inflow of Migrants from Myanmar
A distinguishing feature of recent changes to the labor market in border area in rural Dehong in Yunnan, China is its increasing focus on Myanmarese migrants’ participation. This study aims to clearify the impact of the Myanmarese participation in labor market and its effect on ethnic interactions. The research results would enable to:1) Understand the differences among the three major ethnic groups in rural Dehong in terms of their responses to the various socioeconomic opportunities. 2) Understand the general situation regarding accepting cross-border migrants in rural Dehong, especially who the migrants are (ethnic group, gender, age, etc.), mode of employment (season, payment, etc.), social relations between employers and laborers, etc.