Milestone reached as Myanmar nationals return home from Thai border camps

Myanmar internally displaced persons are seen at at the ceremony to receive them in Myawady.
Myanmar internally displaced persons are seen at  the ceremony to receive them in Myawady.

The Labour Department officially received 68 Myanmar nationals from camps along the Thai-Myanmar border yesterday, providing aid and temporary shelter.
The ceremony was held yesterday at a reception camp set up in Myawady, a border town in Kayin State.
Officials of Thailand National Security Council handed over the internally displaced persons (IDPs) comprising 30 men and 35 women from 19 households to the Kayin State Minister for Security and Border Affairs Col Aung Lwin.
The UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency, called the first voluntary repatriation of Myanmar refugees “a milestone”.
Following the ceremony, they were settled at temporary shelters and provided aid including K300,000 each to the families by the Department of Relief and Resettlement.
Authorities also carried out a survey to facilitate the finding of jobs for the returnees.
Meanwhile, a household comprising six refugees who wanted to go back home were handed over by the Thai authorities to the Myanmar side in Dawei, Taninthayi State, yesterday.

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