Thousands of illegal Myanmar migrant workers detained in Thailand since coup

More than 20,000 Myanmar citizens have been detained by Thai authorities for illegally crossing the border into Thailand since last year’s military takeover, according to migrant workers’ rights activists. Tens of thousands of Myanmar nationals have left Myanmar for Thailand either to find jobs amid a post-coup economic downturn in their home country, or to […]

Only Overseas Workers Identification Card (OWIC) holders to be allowed to work in foreign countries

The Ministry of Labour has announced that migrant workers will be allowed to work abroad only if they hold an Overseas Workers Identification Card (OWIC). The statement was issued after the so-called ministry of labour of the National Unity Government-NUG, which has been declared a terrorist organization by the State Administration Council, announced that the […]

Myanmar migrant workers sent to Thailand under MoU

287 migrant workers sent to Thailand under MoU system

A total of 287 workers were sent to Thailand under the MoU system, which has been suspended for over two years, yesterday with Thai officials welcoming them, according to the Myanmar Labour Attaché Office in Thailand.On 10 May, 78 male and 209 female workers totalling 287 workers were sent to Thailand under the MoU system […]

Thailand to take care of only 3 million migrant workers

Thailand would be able to take care of three million migrant workers in the Kingdom, mostly coming from three countries, including Myanmar, a government spokesperson said. Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesperson of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said only those migrant workers that entered the country up to December 29, 2020, can register and avail of […]

Thousands of Myanmar Migrant Workers Return from China into Quarantine

MANDALAY—Nearly 4,000 Myanmar migrant workers who were working in China have flooded into border checkpoints in Kachin State since last Thursday, where they were transferred to government facilities across the state for 21-day quarantines. Local officials were told to expect as many as 18,000 migrant workers to return in the coming weeks. According to local […]

Recruiters Face Ban as Myanmar Assesses Their Efforts to Aid Sailors Held in China

YANGON—The Myanmar Marine Administration Department said it is monitoring 14 seafarer recruitment and placement companies whose licenses were temporarily suspended to see whether the companies are providing adequate help to Myanmar sailors detained in China. The Myanmar government suspended the companies’ licenses in October last year after Chinese authorities arrested 60 Myanmar nationals working on […]

Official remittance licences now available for migrant workers

Workers are now able to apply for official remittance licences to transfer money between Myanmar and other countries, according to the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM). The move, which commenced on November 15, is aimed at facilitating money transfers to Myanmar by migrant workers based overseas. A deposit of K100 million is required to apply […]

Titans of Thai Fishing Collaborate to Tackle Slavery

SAMUT SAKHON, Thailand—Daw Zin Mar was a housewife in Bago Region when she saw an advertisement for a job at Thai Union Group, a global seafood supplier and the world’s biggest producer of tuna. The 44-year-old paid a local recruitment agency about 4,300 Thai baht (212,750 kyats, or US$140)—less than half the sum that most […]

Employment agencies urge break for workers on Thai fee

The Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation is urging the Labour Ministry to make it easier for migrant workers to pay the 3600-baht (K174,000) processing fee charged by the Thai government. The fee covers a work permit, health insurance, medical check-up and visa. Myanmar nationals who want to work in Thailand under an agreement between the […]