Sending of Myanmar labour abroad expected to turn normal in 2021

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Job seekers receive overseas jobs in eight countries in September 2017.  Photo: Phoe Khwar

With the impact of coronavirus pandemic, the sending of Myanmar labour abroad is expected to turn to the normal situation in the first month of 2021, according to overseas recruitment agencies. Because of the pandemic, the sending of Myanmar labour abroad has been suspended.

Even if we get permission to send the Myanmar labour, it will take time to get back to the normal situation. On the other hand, entrepreneurs from other countries are also facing an economic crisis because of the impact of the pandemic. Even if they need Myanmar labour, they will hire only five workers instead of ten. Some of the overseas recruitment agencies have suspended their operation in mid-March.

Thailand, Malaysia and Japan topped the list of destinations which Myanmar migrant workers were sent to by the ministry.
At present, hundred thousand of Myanmar labour have already received the permit letters and they are ready to go abroad before the pandemic period, according to the overseas recruitment agencies.

If the overseas recruitment agencies will get a permit to resume their operation, those hundred thousand of Myanmar labour who had received the permit letters will be given the priority to go abroad. For those new Myanmar labour, they need to wait for a new vaccine from foreign jobs.

“We have around 200 Myanmar workers to send to Malaysia. They are ready to leave for their jobs. However, the sending of overseas Myanmar labour is suspended and now they are being faced with the difficulties,” said an overseas recruitment agency owner. At present, the factories from Thailand and Malaysia which mostly hire Myanmar labour have closed their operations because of the decline of demand and economic crisis, said an official from the overseas recruitment agency. —Aye Maung (Translated by Hay Mar)

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