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Majority of departing Myanmar workers unlikely to return

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

MOST MYANMAR migrant workers who have left Thailand for home across the border have been found unlikely to come back again for jobs.

Suphaphimit Paorik, a deputy governor of Tak province, said today (May 28) up to three-fourths of 1,800-plus Myanmar nationals, who have recently departed Thailand via Mae Sot district of Tak province to Myawaddy township in Myanmar, told immigration officials on the Thai side of the border it would be unlikely for them to come back for jobs in this country.

The homecoming Myanmar nationals were quoted as saying they would have difficulties finding jobs which they used to do in Thailand due to the pandemic which has worsened the economic slump.

In addition, many told the Thai border officials that they had fallen prey to unidentified fellow countrymen who had allegedly sought kickbacks from them in exchange for jobs in this country and that they would rather avoid paying any more money to those extortionists again, Suphaphimit said.

They declined to go into details for fear that their relatives and friends who have continued to stay and work in this country might probably be put at risk of danger.

Besides Mae Sot border district, Myanmar migrants may return home from Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand to Tachileik township in eastern Myanmar and from Ranong province in southern Thailand to Kawthoung township in southern Myanmar.

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Top: This photo taken on July 7, 2017 shows migrant workers preparing to board Thai and Myanmar official service trucks leaving Thailand at the Thai-Myanmar border in Mae Sot, Tak province..  Photo: AFP/Ye Aung Thu and published by The Jakarta  Post

 

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