Myanmar migrant workers in 2019 exceed 300,000

Source : Myanmar Times
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Jan 14, 2020

Over 305,000 people went overseas for work during 2019 according to the data from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population.

Monthly numbers of workers going abroad from January to November 2019 are 23,235 in January, 22,523 in February, 22,534 in March, 20,766 in April, 30,326 in May, 26,787 in June, 30,826 in July, 33,805 in August, 36,902 in September, 27,186 in October and 30,841 in November. Thailand tops the destination countries for Myanmar migrant workers and Malaysia the second.

“There are currently about four million Myanmar workers in foreign countries either officially or unofficially. Laws have been enacted for working officially. But, some workers are still going unofficially with the help of those who are already in that country,” said U Kyaw Htwe, Chair of Immigration and Local Overseas Labour Committee (Amyotha Hluttaw).

The countries to which Myanmar people legally go to work are Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Japan, UAE, Jordan, Qatar, and Macao. Fewest people go to work in Qatar – only 276 people in two years.

The ministry will make necessary preparations in order that Myanmar domestic workers can be legally sent to Singapore, said the Union Minister U Thein Swe, minister for Labour, Immigration and Population, said at the meeting with Myanmar Oversea Employment Services Entrepreneurs Association in the first week of January 2020.

There were a total of 313 licensed oversea employment services companies until December 26, 2019, according to the stats of the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population.

Last year, the Immigration, Local and Oversea Workers Committee (Amyotha Hluttaw) received a total of 204 complaint letters regarding the losses of oversea workers, but 140 letters among which were only kept as records because of insufficient reason, according to the committee.

Relevant action taken and suggestions were sent back to the senders of 50 letters, while seven senders of the letters were directly dealt with, according to the committee.

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