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Burmese diaspora

Burmese diaspora refers to citizens of Burma (Myanmar) who have moved abroad, regardless of ethnicity. Burma contains over 40 different ethnic groups, though the term "Burmese" can be used to refer to the Bamar ethnicity.[citation needed] Between 1.5 and 2 million Burmese nationals live in neighboring Thailand, the largest destination. Some half a million work in Malaysia.[1] Many were minorities in Burma. Significant numbers also reside in Tokyo, Japan; followed by Singapore; Indonesia; Australia; India; the European Union and the United States.

Also included are many Anglo-Burmese, primarily in Australia, the UK, New Zealand, Canada and the USA, a byproduct of the colonial British India era from the late 18th century to Burma's independence in 1948.

Burmese Chinese have in significant numbers emigrated to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. Significant communities of Burmese expelled from Nepal live in Thailand and Bangladesh.


  1. ^ Lawi Weng (2009-12-02), "UN in Malaysia Grants More Burmese Refugee Status", The Irrawaddy, retrieved 2010-05-18