More migrants prepare to return, but is Myanmar ready this time?

Tens of thousands of migrant workers in Thailand are anxiously waiting to return to Myanmar, where capacity to safely quarantine arrivals has transformed since the chaotic returns of March. By HEIN THAR and BEN DUNANT | FRONTIER When State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi held a video conference with the chief ministers of Kayin […]

Burmese days: Yangon monuments to the rare Chinese who made their fortunes in colonial era

Lim Chin Tsong was one of the few Chinese migrants to succeed in colonial-era Burma, now Myanmar – which the British incorporated into its much bigger possession, India, and where Chinese were subordinate to Indians, in contrast to their status in other Southeast Asian cities. “Unlike the Chinese in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, […]

Fresh crackdown nabs “godfather” of human smuggling in Bangladesh

DHAKA: Bangladesh police have arrested a human trafficking “godfather” in a fresh crackdown on smugglers amid fears of a resumption of the racket that sparked a regional migrant crisis earlier this year, an officer said Thursday. Police have arrested at least 20 traffickers in the past month including alleged kingpin Dil Mohammad on the weekend […]

Over 10,000 Myanmar migrants seek work in Thailand

MYAWADY – More than 10,000 Myanmar migrants have entered Thailand through the border town of Myawady in the past three months to seek jobs. An official from the Maywady-Mae Sot Friendship Bridge noted that the traffic has increased and some workers may face difficulties as both countries celebrate the water festival, so-called Thingyan in Myanmar […]