Thailand offers women foreign marriage classes

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The Thai government is now offering classes to women who want to marry a foreign spouse and move abroad.

These courses will be offered by the country’s Social Development Ministry and comes in response to a growing acceptance of interracial marriage in Thailand. As a result, some women see such unions as an opportunity to improve their own economic standing, the government claims.

Speaking to the Reuters news agency, Senior Ministry Official Patcharee Arayakul explained that the classes will “teach women how to conduct themselves, about the laws of their destination country, and how to prepare before going”. The reason for these lessons is that the government wants “to reduce the risks of women being scammed or being a victim of human trafficking” once they leave Thailand.

The classes will also cover issues such as legal rights and how to deal with culture shock. Ploynisa Duangdararungrueng, a Thai woman who married a German, believed these could be extremely helpful for some. Women from Thailand, “especially those from the northeast region, are soft-spoken and submissive” she explained, so these one-day courses could help them “learn to respect themselves and their culture”.

A 2004 study found that more than 15,000 women from the north-eastern province of Isan, one of the poorest in the country, married foreign men and moved abroad. In total, the women sent back around 122 million baht (£2.8 million) to their families each month.

Photo of the Thai flag by Johan Fantenberg via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence.

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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