Migrant worker agencies to be graded on adherence to labour standards

A committee will be formed to prevent abuses by and protect migrant workers against unscrupulous overseas employment agencies, according to the Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation. Committee members will include a representative from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, an anti-trafficking police officer, a legal expert, a labour expert, a representative from overseas employment […]

Ban Lifted on Going to Malaysia for Work

Myanmar has lifted a six-month ban on sending workers to Malaysia, a senior labour official said, as the country struggles with influx of tens of thousands of returning migrants from neighbouring Thailand. Myanmar migrant workers flocked in droves to the border area of Myawady Township during the past week to avoid the neighbouring kingdom’s June […]

Myanmar Unsure of Sending Workers to Malaysia

The Myanmar government has not given a deadline for sending workers to Malaysia although the worker ban has been lifted for more than 6 months, according to officials of the Ministry of Labour and Foreign Affairs. “We have been waiting for a comment from the foreign affairs ministry. Whether or not the workers should be […]

Myanmar workers can now go to Malaysia

The Myanmar government will allow Myanmar migrant labourers to return to Malaysia after a six month work suspension by Malaysian authorities, according to Daw Khin Nwe Oo, the deputy director-general of the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population’s Labour Department. Myanmar had been sending about 4,000 workers to Malaysia, monthly, until 6 December, when Malaysian […]

No Go Yet to Malaysia for Myanmar Workers

Myanmar has yet to send workers to Malaysia as the political situation there is uncertain and there may be problems in future. U Myo Aung, permanent secretary for the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, said that they have been looking into the situation in Malaysia to avoid potential problems for Myanmar workers going there. […]

Labour Official Upbeat on Migrants-to-Malaysia Restart But no Date Set

​​ A suspension on sending migrant workers from Myanmar to Malaysia will be lifted when political conditions in the latter improve and the safety of labourers can be better assured, according to U Thein Win, director of the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population’s Migrant Affairs Department. The decision earlier this week to cut off the […]

MOEAF members sign code of conduct

As controversy continues to swirl around allegations that the Myanmar government was condoning the “legal trafficking” of migrant workers to overseas jobs, it has emerged that more than 100 employment agencies have signed up to a new code of conduct. Earlier this month, Thai and Myanmar labour officials vowed to take actionagainst activist organisations that had accused them […]

Maligned private Malaysian visa centre will not be terminated

One Stop Center (OSC), a Malaysian visa application service, will not be terminated unless the Malaysian government comes up with a better plan for handling illegal migrant workers, Malaysian ambassador to Myanmar Mohd Haniff Abd Rahman told The Myanmar Times on August 12. “The main reason is that security for our country is very important to us,” […]

From village to victim, Myanmar women fear foreign maid work ban puts them at risk

The ban on women going abroad to find such employment was initiated in September 2014, following a number of high profile cases of worker abuse. Biak and her older sister Van Hnem left to find work as maids in Singapore with few job opportunities in their remote village in Chin State, the poorest region of Myanmar where 73 per […]

Malaysia – Visa fee increase waived for thousands of Myanmar workers

More than 2,400 Myanmar workers who are in the middle of processing their visas will get their visa fees waived due to an ongoing dispute between Myanmar and Malaysia over the visa fee. These 2,400 workers will have their applications processed under a previous payment schedule which had less expensive fees, according to the Myanmar […]