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Thai authorities detain illegal Myanmar migrant workers

UCA News, Thailand, 31 August 2020 - Thai authorities are following through on their pledge to stop migrant workers from crossing illegally into Thailand from neighboring countries, with dozens of migrants from Myanmar among the latest detainees.

Thirty-five migrants from Myanmar who were travelling in two pickup trucks at night were detained on Aug. 28 after the vehicles were stopped for a search at a checkpoint manned by soldiers, police and immigration officers in Kanchanaburi province in central Thailand.

The two drivers, who also came from Myanmar, were also detained. They reportedly told police they had driven the migrant workers illegally across the border from the town of Dawei in southeast Myanmar.

The migrant laborers said they were desperate for work in Thailand, which has largely barred foreign workers from re-entering in recent months in an effort to stop the spread of Covid-19.



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