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Three Arrested in Yangon for Sending Myanmar Workers Abroad Illegally

YANGON—Yangon police arrested a Chinese national and two Myanmar citizens in Yangon on Dec. 7 for sending workers to China illegally. Chinese citizen Chen Siyi, Ko Thant Zin Htet of Naypyitaw and Ma Bawk Seng of Sadong, in Kachin State near the Chinese border, were arrested for sending Burmese women to China without work permits […]

Exodus of workers grows as living costs rise in Myanmar

Despite a 30 percent hike in the daily minimum wage last year, the soaring cost of living in Myanmar is driving workers abroad for better incomes. More recently, a growing number are leaving the country illegally, braving life-threatening conditions and risking deportation to find better paying jobs in neighbouring Thailand and farther south in Malaysia. […]

Myanmar to establish coast guard to boost maritime safety

Myanmar will soon establish a coast guard to protect its over 2000-kilometre-long coastline and territorial waters, news reports said. Minister of Transport and Communication U Thant Zin Maung was quoted by China’s Xinhua state news agency as saying that the new law enforcement body will also ensure the safety of sea routes, especially in areas […]

Thailand cracks down on migrant workers as anti-immigration feelings rise

BANGKOK: Thailand is cracking down on migrant workers from neighbouring countries, saying they are “stealing jobs from Thais”, amid fears that anti-immigrant sentiment is rising as Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy stagnates. In an operation led by the Thai labour department, police and troops on Wednesday raided a fresh produce market in Bangkok and arrested 14 […]

Human trafficking suspect handed over to Myanmar

Thailand yesterday handed over a Myanmar national to authorities in his home country over charges of allegedly being involved in human trafficking. The suspect was handed over to immigration officials of Koh Song province in a ceremony presided over by Ranong Governor Suriyan Kanjanasil. The suspect, identified only as Zhi, is a prime suspect and […]

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 […]

Sourcing garment from low labour cost countries – post significantly higher risk

Businesses with supply chains and operations in Myanmar, Bangladesh and Cambodia are benefiting from the world’s lowest labour costs – but may also be exposed to the highest risks, a new global ranking suggests. While there’s no doubt the cost competitiveness of these labour markets is extremely attractive, it may be offset by the risks posed […]

Myanmar workers prefer to work in Thailand

Large-scale commercial building projects in Rangoon are reportedly being delayed by a shortage of skilled labor because Burmese workers still prefer jobs in Thailand. More than 2 million migrant workers remain in Thailand, where there are frequent reports of abuse and cheating by employers and job agents, and thousands of Burmese also choose to endure […]