Some 10,000 Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand plan to return home via southern border

Some 10,000 Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand have planned to return home via a southern border province, said a senior Thai government official on Monday (May 25)

An estimated 10,000 Myanmar migrant workers have reportedly contacted the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok, seeking an official document with which they may leave Thailand for their home country via the southern province of Ranong, confirmed provincial governor Jatuphot Piyumputara.

Those migrant workers were strictly required to have their temperature checked up at a border checkpoint, wear face masks and keep social distancing order during their cross-border travel from a pier on Kra Buri River in Ranong province to Kawthoung township in southernmost Myanmar, the provincial governor said.

Nevertheless, Myanmar authorities in Kawthoung only allows a maximum of 100 Myanmar nationals to return home via Ranong daily, the provincial governor said.

A total of 67 Myanmar migrant workers were on Saturday transported by boat from Ranong to Kawthoung. Many more are expected to follow suit later this month and next, he said.

Meanwhile, Myanmar migrants may as well return home via Thailand’s western border district of Mae Sot, opposite Myawaddy township in southeastern Myanmar, and Thailand’s northern border district of Mae Sai, opposite Tachileik township in eastern Myanmar.

Many Myanmar migrants have been employed in fishing and food processing industries in a coastal province of Samut Sakhon and adjacent suburbs of Bangkok.

Source: The Star
Published on 25 May 2020

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