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More than 150,000 Myanmar workers return from Thailand


ZAW ZAW HTWE The Myanmar Times  Friday December 1, 2017

MORE than 150,000 Myanmar migrants who do not have the proper documents returned home from Thailand between June 29 and November 27 after the Kingdom amended its foreign labour laws with harsh penalties, said Myanmar’s Ministry of Home Affairs.

According to a ministry statement on Wednesday, Myanmar illegal migrants have been returning home daily through the border gates of Myawaddy, Dawei, Tanintharyi and Kawthaung.

Government officials are providing shelter camps, food and medical treatment for the returning workers.

According to the ministry, all officials at border town are scrutinising the returning migrants to ensure they are free of drugs, not linked to terrorism, not involved in counterfeiting, not carrying weapons or explosive materials, not criminals, and that they are Myanmar citizens.

Ko Shwe Tun Aye, chair of the Migrant Workers Network in Thailand, told The Myanmar Times on Friday that many Myanmar illegal migrants are stranded in Thailand because some have not registered with the concerned agencies in the Kingdom due to lack of proper documents, while others have changed employers after they were registered by their former employers.

From: The Myanmar Times (Myanmar) Friday December 1, 2017

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