The Thai authorities sent 83 illegal migrant workers back to Myanmar via Kawthoung on 29 January. The workers’ border passes were found to have expired and they were not holding any other official documents.
The 83 workers were warmly welcomed by personnel from the district and the township levels of General Administration Department, the Labor, Immigration, and Population Department, the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division and the township Labor Department. The Public Health Department provided health checkups to the workers. Currently, the authorities are making arrangements to send them back to their homes.
Most of the migrant workers are from the Taninthayi, Ayeyawady, Yangon, and Bago regions, and Mon and Rakhine states. A total of 816 illegal migrant workers have been officially handed over to the Myanmar authorities till now.
—Kyaw Soe (Kawthoung) (Translated by Hay Mar)