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On Thailand trip, Suu Kyi visits Myanmar migrants

Aung San Suu Kyi is beginning her first trip abroad in nearly a quarter-century by visiting impoverished Myanmar migrants whose flight to neighboring Thailand is emblematic of the economic devastation wrought on her homeland by decades of misrule.

world Updated: May 30, 2012 09:17 IST

Aung San Suu Kyi is beginning her first trip abroad in nearly a quarter-century by visiting impoverished Myanmar migrants whose flight to neighboring Thailand is emblematic of the economic devastation wrought on her homeland by decades of misrule.

On Wednesday, Suu Kyi was expected to visit a town outside Bangkok that is home to the largest population of Burmese migrants in Thailand who have fled here to work low-skilled jobs as domestic servants or in manual labor industries like fisheries and the garment sector.

Fixing Myanmar's battered economy is among the most crucial challenges facing the nation as it opens up in the wake of 49 years of military governance that ended only last year.