Number of illegal [sic] workers deported from Thailand increasing

The number of illegal Myanmar workers deported from Thailand is increasing, according to a Bangkok-based senior Myanmar diplomat.   

He said that in December alone, Thai authorities deported more than 7,500 through the Mae Sot-Myawady gate and from January 1 to 8, another 1,000 illegal migrants were deported.

“There are some deportees that passed through the other border gates, but we have not finished compiling the list,” he told the Myanmar Times.

Thai authorities have warned that migrant workers with expired visas will also be deported.

Myanmar and Thailand have a standing agreement not to arrest illegal workers but to immediately deport them back to Myanmar.

In 2018, data from the Tachileik Communications Office in Shan State showed 651 migrants were deported from Thailand through the Tachileik border gate, while 70,740 migrant workers were deported using the Mae Sot-Myawady border gate.

An additional 3,340 illegal were deported through the Ranong-Kawthoung gate in Tanintharyi Region.

Besides illegal migrants, some 230 human trafficking victims were also reported to the Myanmar embassy in Thailand in 2018.

Of the four countries that share borders with Myanmar, Thailand is the second largest trading partner, next to China.

Trade volumes at the Thai-Myanmar border, including Tachileik, Myawady, Kawthoung, Myeik, Htee Khee and Maw Taung during fiscal 2018-19 amounted to US$3.8 billion, according to government data. – Translated

Written by Khin Myat Myat Wai
Source: Myanmar Times
Published on 10 January 2020

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