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 […]

Myanmar’s Migrant Workers: The Vanguard of Financial Inclusion

Photo: Courtesy of Telenor Wave Money  Andrew Thomson considers the role of internal migrants in promoting financial inclusion in rural areas. Myanmar’s internal migrant workers have the potential to be the vanguard of financial inclusion. Presently, the vast majority of Myanmar’s population do not have access to the formal banking system, mostly the product of […]

Dept warns migrant workers about fraudulent job agencies

The Department of Labour Migration has warned workers seeking overseas job to be wary of fraudulent employment agencies that operate without licenses. In an announcement on Tuesday, the department, which is under the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, urged workers to check with the authorities about the authenticity of such agencies. The warning comes […]

Workers going to Thailand hits record high in January

The number of Myanmar workers migrating to Thailand with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in hand hit a record high of 16,988 in late January. An official at the Friendship Bridge said the number of workers leaving with an MoU “has hit a record high as more than 500 workers migrate to Thailand every day.” […]

Myanmar wants more investments from PH

CLARK FREEPORT — The Republic of the Union of Myanmar is looking forward to more Philippine investments on energy and agriculture. “Philippines and Myanmar have very long standing relations since 1950s. So we want Filipino businessmen to come to Myanmar to invest particularly in energy and agriculture. We have initial discussions,” Myanmar Ambassador to the […]

Yangon to build 200,00 units of low-cost housing

Low-cost housing projects totalling about 200,000 units will be built in Dagon, Hlinethaya and Shwepyitha townships in Yangon Region starting in December to provide homes for the increasing number of migrant workers, said Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein. “There are a large number of people entering Yangon for job opportunities. We are planning to provide […]