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March 19, 2019

Committee on Reviewing and Returning Myanmar Migrant Workers holds first coord meeting

Coordination meeting for Committe on Reviewing and Returning Myanmar Migrant Workers being held in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.  Photo : MNA
Coordination meeting for Committe on Reviewing and Returning Myanmar Migrant Workers being held in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. 
Photo : MNA

The Committee on Reviewing and Returning Myanmar Migrant Workers held their first coordination meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
The committee aims to engage in negotiations with relevant countries to repatriate undocumented Myanmar migrant workers, to prevent non-citizens from entering Myanmar, provide necessary support to migrant workers, prevent human trafficking, and to ensure migrant workers are returned to their homes safely and smoothly.
The committee was formed on 19 February 2019 with orders from the Office of the President. It is headed by the Director-General of the Consular and Legal Affairs Department and is composed with relevant ministries, sub-national governments, and relevant district administrators.
The first coordination meeting focused on the committee’s main duties which include communicating with relevant countries to compile lists of migrant workers re-entering Myanmar, reviewing whether they are actual Myanmar citizens, finding out whether they are suspects or fugitives on the run and taking actions in accordance with the law if they are verified as Myanmar citizens, providing temporary accommodation and necessary services to returnees, and arranging transportation for the migrant workers back to their homes.
The meeting also discussed forming additional subcommittees and working committees as necessary, implementing a mechanism for facilitating government-to-government negotiations with other countries, assessing the sub-national government’s readiness for designating gates for accepting returning migrant workers and other relevant tasks, including reviewing them.—MNA (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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