August 19, 2016

Thai-based migrant workers set to receive citizen IDs

Director-General U Myo Aung.
Director-General U Myo Aung.

Myanmar will issue national citizenship scrutiny cards to eligible migrant workers in Thailand, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security said Saturday.
U Myo Aung said the project is expected to last three months, starting early August.
“It’s a totally free service,” he said. “Complaints can be made about the collection of fees.”
Statistics collected in May showed the population of Myanmar citizens with temporary Thai residency permits to be over 450,000, but analysts estimated the number at over 3 million.
Migrant workers with complete documents would receive passports and those without would be issued certificates of identity.
The project will be undertaken by five regional supervisory teams and 21 data-collection teams, whose members can speak Thai, Myanmar and ethnic dialects.


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