A total of 23,235 Myanmar workers officially took up jobs overseas in nine countries in the month of January, according to figures released by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population.
Majority of the workers went to Thailand, which registered over 17,400 Myanmar workers. Malaysia employed over 5,000 Myanmar workers. Additionally, some workers headed to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Jordan, Qatar, and Macau.
Low employment rate and low salaries in the domestic market have forced young workers in Myanmar to seek jobs overseas, with the number of migrant labourers touching 5 million, said an official from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population.
“Young people are struggling to find jobs in the domestic market. Fewer job opportunities and low pay are making them leave their home country for higher-paying jobs overseas. There is economic disadvantage from loss of young workers,” said U Myo Aung, the Permanent Secretary of MOLIP. Meanwhile, 27,454 local job seekers took up domestic jobs in the respective states and regions. Yangon employed 19,082 new workers, followed by Bago Region with 3,432, and Mandalay Region with 1,437. Meanwhile, the remaining regions and states saw an influx of less than 600 new employees. The ministry is making concerted efforts to create more employment opportunities for both domestic and overseas job hunters through an online labour exchange management system.
—GNLM (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)