Myanmar authorities have repatriated over 560 Myanmar nationals who want to return home on their own volition from Thailand in three days.
The first batch of 133 verified Myanmar nationals from Maela IDP Camp returned to Kyauk Lone Gyi, Myawady, through the Thailand-Myanmar Friendship Bridge No. 1.
A ceremony to officially accept the returnees was held at 3 pm on the same day at the presence of Myanmar Ambassador to Thailand U Myo Myint Than, Kayin State Security and Border Affairs Minister Col. Myo Min Naung and members of the verification and repatriation committee.
On 21 February, 2019, a total 201 Myanmar nationals from Ohnpyan IDP Camp returned to Myanmar and they were officially accepted at the Kyauk Lone Gyi by the Minister Counsellor from the Myanmar Embassy in Thailand and officials of the Immigration and Population Department.
Meanwhile, 59 Myanmar nationals from Mae Hong Son IDP Camp returned home accompanied by Counsel General U Thein Tin and officials of Thailand on 21 February and they were officially accepted by Kayah State Chief Minister U L Phaung Sho, Kayah State Agriculture and Irrigation Minister U Bos Ko, Kayah State Development and Social Affairs Minister Dr. Aung Kyaw htay at the BP 13 Gate at noon.
The returnees were transported to Me Se Reception Centre, and authorities arranged to send them to areas where they will settle down.
A total of 260 Myanmar nationals were repatriated from Thailand on 21 February.
On 22 February, 45 Myanmar nationals from Bandonran IDP Camp and 129 from Nopoe IDP Camp totaling 174 were repatriated and they were accepted in Myawady by Myanmar Minister Counsellor and officials of the Immigration and Population Ministry. Following the repatriation, region and state authorities concerned provided aid including cash assistance and transported them to their homes. The authorities will issue the citizenship scrutiny cards, provide accommodation, education and health care access to the returnees, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
(Translated by GNLM)