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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar citizens eye escape to Thailand to avoid conflict at home

Strife-torn country pushing out the weary looking for peace of mind

Myanmar migrant workers at a camp for construction staff in Bangkok. Experts say the longer military rule in Myanmar lasts, the more people are likely to leave for Thailand.   © AP

BANGKOK -- In the mountainous northern Thai province of Chiang Mai, a real estate agent originally from Myanmar is using his three decades of experience in Thailand to advise compatriots who want to buy property outside their strife-torn country.

The man, who changed his name from Lomboon to Somboon when he swapped countries, has seen a surge in clients from Myanmar since the military takeover two years ago.

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