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October 22, 2019

Over 20,760 Myanmar workers took up jobs in 8 countries in April

Citizens looking for a job abroad seen in front of the office the Myanmar Passport issuing Board, Yangon. Photo : Phoe Khwar

A total of 20,766 Myanmar workers officially took up jobs overseas in April, according to figures released by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population. The workers headed to eight countries, with a majority of them taking up jobs in Thailand.
Over 15,400 workers went to Thailand, over 4,400 headed to Malaysia, 447 to the Republic of Korea, and 307 to Japan. Some workers took up employment in Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and Qatar.
Low employment rate and low salaries in the domestic market have forced young workers in Myanmar to seek jobs overseas, with the number of migrant labourers touching 5 million, said an official from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population.
“Young people are struggling to find jobs in the domestic market. Fewer job opportunities and low-paid jobs are making them leave their home country for higher-paying jobs overseas. There is economic disadvantage from the loss of young workers,” said U Myo Aung, the Permanent Secretary of MOLIP.
Meanwhile, 24,048 local job-seekers occupied domestic jobs in the respective states and regions. Yangon employed 15,309 workers, followed by Bago Region with 4,251, and Mandalay Region with 1,025 workers. The remaining regions and states saw an influx of less than 600 new employees.
The ministry is making concerted efforts to create more employment opportunities for both domestic and overseas job hunters through the online labour exchange management system.—GNLM
(Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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