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Jonathan Fairfield

Farang husbands providing massive boost to Isaan economy

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I remember the first time I visited my first Thai girlfriend's family in Buriram in 2003. As we drove around the countryside over several days, my girlfriend was constantly pointing out the really nice houses that had been built either for a foreigner/Thai couple to live in or for her family (or both). Besides how nice the houses looked in comparison to most other houses, I remember her saying that girl's boyfriend is Swiss, that one from Australian, that one German, that one from Canada etc, etc. My guess is the rest of Isaan is similar. There must be a fortune injected into the economy just in house construction.

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sorry, every baht you let in isaan is death money !!

dont built a house bevor you life in it !!

and NEVER borrow money to family member or else, better roll cig's with it !!

10% w'ont agree, but the other 90%....... you know !!

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There you go. The magic number is 9600 baht. If you are sending less, then you are a sticky man. Those who send more, just foolish.

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If it wasnt for the farangs,i reckon there would be no-one in issan,they would all be begging on the streets of bangkok

Yeah, right. Without the superior yet ever suffering martyred farang, the natives would still be living in caves. Oh, dear St. Farang do get off the cross, the natives need the firewood to cook and keep warm.

Oh dear, your Thainess is showing... 9 billion baht a year buys a lot of firewood, no?

Thanks for the compliment but i am not Thai. Yes, 9bil Bahts is a lot but I think Isaan will survive with or without it. Certainly, they won't all go to bkk to be beggars. Gee, is it not a tad arrogant (and offensive) to claim an entire people would end up as beggars without the farangs' cash.

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If it wasnt for the farangs,i reckon there would be no-one in issan,they would all be begging on the streets of bangkok

Yeah, right. Without the superior yet ever suffering martyred farang, the natives would still be living in caves. Oh, dear St. Farang do get off the cross, the natives need the firewood to cook and keep warm.
yeah your right,some of them really do need the farangs so called firewood.

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for sure us old men spend our money there some life times savings ,for maybe little love or maybe head acre ,then the government reward us making hard to get visa for sure hard for some this ladies to get visa for the west ,but once they do its for life ,not a year at time ,about time thailand gave us a easy time ,

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Is this a new study?

Or a rehash of one a couple of years old? The thread on TV went 15 or so pages as it would on this topic.

As an aside, the Philippine government acknowledges that money sent home by overseas citizens and former citizens represent almost 10% of GBP (about the same as the tourist industry is worth to the Thai GDP). This includes overseas workers as well as those who have married and moved away.

We had a number of Filipino workers here over the years. We were required to send 70% of their salary directly to their bank in the Philippines. They could draw up to 30% of their pay in country if they so chose. Their government could also dictate where they could, and couldn't, work and prevent them from leaving the country if it looked like they were heading to a banned country.

As for the contribution foreigners make to the Isaan economy, we'd need to see what the GDP is for that area in order to determine if this amount represents that large of a contribution. I recall crunching some numbers not long ago to try and determine the overall contribution "long term" stayers had on the Thai economy as a whole, and it turns out they were nowhere near the "economic" force they thought they were.

9 billion is a large number of course, but needs to be taken in context. For example "Although Isaan accounts for around a third of Thailand’s population and a third of its area, it produces only 8.9% of GDP. Its economy grew at 6.2% per annum during the 1990s."

The latest numbers I see show the Thai GDP as - THB11.375 trillion (USD366 billion)(2012). If you attribute 10% of that to coming from Isaan that means the whole contribution from the region is about 1.14 trillion.

9 billion from foreigners would represent about 0.79 % of that total.

To put it another way, Isaan has a population of approx 22 million. 9 billion would equal about 410 baht per person (per year). Not exactly earth-shattering.

I am not sure what the point is. Bottom line, the farang married to Isaan women contibute to the economy, and if the TB9,600 figure is correct, then it is a significant contribution. But it is more than just an economic contribution; the income increases the stability of the family and provides a social and financial safety net.

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What about us in the south. My wife's village is almost walking distance from the Malaysian border and I boost the economy of both Thailand and Malaysia, which makes me a superhero.

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Lets hope the government and immigration take notice and ease the visa requirements!!!

I totally agree ---------- BUT only in Isaan. We spend the money so we get the rewards........cheesy.gifcheesy.gif

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I used to sail with Filipino seamen. Whenever we hit port they'd sub the maximum amount they were allowed in US$ bills, wrap them in a parcel and post them home to the family.

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The Postman must have been the richest man in the village....................coffee1.gif

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Finally I learned where they breed lonely old men turning into customers:

most foreign men marrying women from north east Thailand came from the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland.

Americans know better!! No new house for the G/F, no new "Family" Store, and last but not least, no new Pickup for daddy.thumbsup.gif

Ok to have some fun, but don't be a fool as seen here many times on TV.clap2.gif

Sorry, but Americans no better. haha Europe have no monopoly on gullibility. I put my ex thru Chula grad school. Something of value her mother couldn't steal. After divorce mother said "He shouldn't be angry: he didn't give you anything of value". gotta love that Isaan culture, eh?

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They should show these figures to Immigration. Maybe then they will issue a special visa. Maybe an Issan husband Visa cheesy.gifcheesy.gifcheesy.gif

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