So the other sort of interesting article on page four of Thursday’s Bangkok Post was about Thai women marrying western men. This subject always gets a big reaction from readers of this blog so lets do this.
I usually get comments calling me racist or someone who likes to bash foreigners each time I post on news and statistics about Thai women/farang men in Thailand. I guess I must take responsibility for the actions and feelings of other people, or must accept that amateur psychologists can tell from the way I write that I really share all those prejudice against farang men. So get ready with your attacks because here come some fresh statistics.
The Bangkok Post had a story titled “Women looking for western husbands need legal advice”. The main point was that Thai women who marry western men need to know their legal rights in foreign countries so they don’t get abused or taken advantage of. The story came up because of a seminar held at Rangsit University about cross cultural marriages. Someone named Ms. Kanokrat Nimsamoot Booth was interviewed and talked about her new website at thaiforeignspouse.com that was setup to help Thai women needing support in foreign countries. She was quoted as saying that the main problem she hears about is that foreign husbands have affairs and want a divorce even when they have kids together, and the women don’t know how to work the legal system to get support from them.
You might remember that post I did a while ago about the epidemic of Thai women marrying foreign men. That was the post that got so many mean comments. I wrote that after I saw a news report on TV about a study in Udon Thani about Thai women/foreign men marriages. Well, the consultant who did that study, Somkid Homnet, was at the seminar at Rangsit University and presented some details on his study.
First statistic was that 5,700 foreign spouses from 33 countries live in Udon Thani province. Now this number is much lower than the number of Thai women/farang men marriages that were reported on that TV show I saw. I am guessing that the 5,700 number is only those foreign spouses who are living here and not traveling back and forth. Maybe they get that number from immigration records and it is only those who have Thai wife visa. I know many foreign men never get that kind of visa but instead have a tourist, business, or retirement visa. Like I said I am just guessing about what is behind the big difference in numbers, but it makes sense because they also reported that the average monthly income those men have is 100,000 baht – monthly income is something you have to report for a Thai wife visa and I don’t think they would have any other way of getting that statistic except from visa applications at immigration office.
Another set of numbers was the total number of Thai women married to different nationalities residing everywhere in the world which included 50,000 German men, 30,000 French, 30,000 Americans, 25,000 Australians, 10,000 Britons, 8,742 Swedes, 7,937 Taiwanese, 3,000 Austrians, 2,891 Finns and 1,086 Danes. Those numbers are kind of interesting when you think about Australia has a much smaller population than the U.S. but nearly as many marriages to Thai women – I guess we are really big in Australia.
That was about it from the story. Sort of interesting but nothing too offensive to my dear sensitive readers, was it?
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