September 22, 2017

Myanmar migrant workers re-enter from Kawthoung border gate

By Kyaw Soe(Kawthoung)
Yesterday, 194 Myanmar migrant workers, who lack sufficient documents, returned from Ranong, Thailand through the Kawthoung border gate. This was the third wave of migrant workers to return from Thailand.
The returning workers were welcomed by Kawthoung District Deputy Commissioner U Nay Oo, Township Administrator U Soe Myint Thein and officials from the immigration department, from the department for relief and resettlement, representatives from the Women’s Affairs Federation, firefighters and officials from the Red Cross and philanthropic organisations.
Deputy Commissioner U Nay Oo and his family donated Ks 0.5 million to a local philanthropic group which helps Myanmar workers. The Township General Administration Department distributed lunchboxes and the National League for Democracy gave out water bottles and soft drinks. The Department for Public Health administered to the needed healthcare.
To date, over 400 migrant workers have returned through the Kawthoung border gate. Many vehicle services in Kawthoung are providing half-prices for their services to transport workers from Kawthoung to Myeik, Dawei, Mawlamyine, Yangon, Bago and Rakhine. The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement and Kawthoung’s Department for Relief and Resettlement help workers who cannot afford transportation by providing cash assistance.

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