Yangon chief minister seeks solution to squatter issue

NEGOTIATIONS are underway to settle the squatter issue in Yangon Region, and the process will take time, said Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein.
It is essential to get an appropriate site to settle the squatters, and in case of factory workers, they should not be settled far from their worksites, he said.
In his meeting with officials from industrial zones, the chief minister also pledged to coordinate with employers for the sheltering of employees.
According to an official from the Hlaingthayar Industrial Zone Management Committee, over 600,000 people reside in Hlaingthayar Township, which is also home to over 8,000 squatter huts.
While the numbers of squatters are being collected, the number of new comers has increased in the industrial zones, said an official from the Shwepaukkan Industrial Zone. There has also emerged a an opportunistic class of people that builds huts in the industrial zone and rents them to squatters for K20,000 or K30,000 [per month], the official said.
After Cyclone Nargis in 2008, the number of migrant workers who moved into Yangon has increased significantly.

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