September 06, 2016

Detained Myanmar workers return

Myanmar workers arrive back in Yangon International Airport.
Myanmar workers arrive back in Yangon International Airport.

A second group of Myanmar citizens who had been detained in Malaysia arrived back in Yangon yesterday via a chartered flight.
The return of  the group comprising 137 Myanmar citizens was sponsored by the KBZ’s Brighter Future Myanmar foundation (BFM).
Out of 2,294 detained workers who have already received a Certificate of Identity, 824 have been brought back home so far .
The first batch, comprising 138 workers, returned on 8 August, also under the arrangement of the BFM.
The workers were welcomed at Yangon International Airport by the officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population and personnel of the BFM.
They were  also provided with K100,000 each by the foundation.
The remaining citizens will also be brought home by chartered flight, according to the BFM. According to sources, 2,294 Myanmar citizens were detained for various reasons in 11 camps in Malaysia.
The foundation sponsored the return of more than 3,000 Myanmar workers detained in Malaysia, more than 500 Myanmar fishermen detained the Port Blair of India and more than 510 Myanmar workers trafficked and enslaved at Benjina Island, Indonesia. The philanthropic foundation has brought back over 4,200 workers since 2013 from Indonesia, Malaysia and India by chartered flights.


Thura Lwin (Eco)


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