Undocumented migrant workers return via Kawthoung

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Migrant workers returned back to Kawthoung border gate from Thailand. Photo: Kyaw Soe (Kawthoung)

A total of 81 Myanmar migrant workers — 70 men and 11 women — were sent back from Thailand through the Kawthoung border gate on Monday evening for not holding proper documentation.
Myanmar labour attaché U Zaw Min Aung brought the Myanmar migrant workers to Kawthoung via the sea route and handed them over to the authorities.
The Thai government had arrested them as they did not have work permits, and were found holding expired border passes. Currently, the Township General Administration Department, Immigration and Population Department, Anti-trafficking in Persons Division of Myanmar Police Force, Labour Department, and Disaster Management Department are discussing arrangements for the safe return of the illegal migrant workers to their homes.
Most of the migrant workers are from Taninthayi, Ayeyawady, Yangon, and Bago regions, and Mon and Rakhine states.
The Thai government has, as of Monday, sent 897 illegal migrant workers back to Myanmar.


—Kyaw Soe (Kawthoung)

(Translated by Hay Mar)

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