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Myanmar agencies wary of migrant-worker situation in Thailand

5 January 2013 - The Nation. Employment agencies in Myanmar are keeping a close watch on the situation faced by migrants in Thailand before sending more workers to the Kingdom. The agencies are worried that Myanmar citizens might be charged for illegally working in the Kingdom because of recent changes in Thailand's immigration policies, sources say.

Employment agencies in Myanmar are keeping a close watch on the situation faced by migrants in Thailand before sending more workers to the Kingdom. The agencies are worried that Myanmar citizens might be charged for illegally working in the Kingdom because of recent changes in Thailand's immigration policies, sources say.

"The [Myanmar] Labour Ministry already said that if there is any problem after sending workers to Thailand, the agencies have to solve it," a source from an employment agency said. "So some companies are visiting Thailand to ensure everything [is in order]. Since there are illegal workers remaining there, we need to be more careful."

Agencies that want to send workers to Thailand have to pay a deposit of 5 million kyats (Bt178,000) to the Myanmar Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security.

"The government has restricted us to charge only 100,000 kyats per worker," the source added. There are 49 agencies licensed to send workers to Thailand.

These agencies are keeping close contacts with Thailand's rubber, canned-food and packaging plants where Myanmar workers are sent to work, sources said.

Thailand's factories usually pay a worker Bt250 per day, according to agencies.

Myanmar is also cooperating with Thai authorities to provide migrant workers official documents, temporary passports, and passport extensions.

Nay Pyi Taw has asked Thai officials to extend the deadline for registration for three more months. The Thai government earlier set a December 22 deadline for migrant workers to register for work permits or face deportation.

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Myanmar-agencies-wary-of-migrant-worker-situation--30197299.html

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