MYANMAR authorities plan to transport the first batch of detained Myanmar citizens in Thailand back to their homeland on October 25, according to the Social Security Board in Kayin State.
U Zaw Min, deputy director of the department, said there are roughly 100,000 Myanmar migrants trapped in detention camps in Thailand. The responsible agencies including the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have put forth concerted efforts to return them to the motherland.
The first batch will include 96 migrants, who will be brought back to their native towns through a temporary shelter in Myawady.
A committee has already been founded by the Kayin State government on 17 October to provide social and economic assistance to those migrants in partnership with representatives in Thailand, NGOs and civil society organisations.
The new committee was established with 17 members including Kayin State Minister for Security and Border Affairs Col Aung Lwin, U Saw Myint Oo, Sagaing Region Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Minister for Bamar Ethnic Affairs U Tayza Htut Hlaing Htway and Police Col Kyi Lin of Kayin State Police Force.— Myitmakha News Agency