August 19, 2016

Registration cards to be issued to Myanmar domestic helpers in foreign countries

REGISTRATION cards will be issued to Myanmar migrants who are illegally working as domestic helpers in neighbouring countries and others according to the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population.
Union Minister U Thein Swe said that the issuance of registration cards to Myanmar domestic workers is aimed at enabling them to enjoy legal protection of the countries where they work in.
Despite Myanmar banning maid work in foreign countries since 2014, there has been an increase in the number of Myanmar domestic workers who have gone to foreign countries via illegal channels year after year.
According to figures released by the countries where there are Myanmar domestic helpers, there are 28,000 in Thailand and about 40,000 in Singapore. Under the registration card issuance program, Myanmar embassies in the countries will collect data through the Labour Ministries there and Myanmar domestic workers will be given registration cards.
The Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population said that it is a pilot program to help Myanmar migrant workers in foreign countries.
Realisation of the program is due to reports of women’s rights groups regarding Myanmar domestic workers who have suffered abuse and exploitation. Those reports were presented during the State Counsellor’s visit to Thailand recently, added the ministry.
Myanmar ended the sending of domestic workers to foreign countries following the dispatch of 300 to Singapore and 170 to Hong Kong in 2014.


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