Over 2.5 million people went abroad to work within 18 years

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Myanmar migrant workers work at a shrimp factory in Bangkok, Thailand.  Photo: Reuters

Over 2.5 million Myanmar people left the country to seek employment abroad since 1999, according to a City News Daily newspaper article yesterday.
Most of Myanmar’s overseas workers went to Thailand, home to 2,275,432 Myanmar migrants.
Myanmar has sent 32,511 workers to South Korea, 310,489 workers to Malaysia, 13,879 workers to Singapore, 6,886 workers to Japan, 1,132 workers to UAE, 478 workers to Qatar and 174 workers to Hong Kong. Myanmar’s government has attempted to provide greater protection for migrants abroad by requesting that they register with their local embassy representatives and by regulating overseas employment agencies more strictly, said Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe, while at an event last week promoting the protection of Myanmar’s overseas domestic workers.

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