Published on Thursday, 03 January 2013 17:19
Temporary Passport Issuing Office in Maha Chai, Bangkok Thailand (Photo-EMG)
Employment agencies in Myanmar are keeping a close watch on the situation of migrants in Thailand before sending workers there.
Sources said the agencies are worried that Myanmar workers might be charged for illegally working in the Kingdom because of recent changes in Thailand’s immigration policies.
“The Labour Ministry already said that if there is any problem after sending workers to Thailand, the agencies have to solve it. So, some companies are visiting Thailand to ensure everything [is in order]. Since there are illegal workers remaining there, we need to be more careful,” a source from an employment agency said.
Agencies who want to send workers to Thailand have to pay a deposit of 5 million kyats (US$5,882) to the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security.
“The government has restricted us to charge only 100,000 Kyats (US$118) per worker,” the source added. There are 49 agencies licensed to send workers to Thailand.
These agencies are keeping close contacts with Thailand’s rubber factories, canned food factories and packaging factories, where Myanmar workers are sent to work, sources said.
Thailand’s factories usually pay a worker 250 baht ($8.2) per day, according to agencies.
Myanmar is also cooperating with Thai authorities to provide Myanmar migrant workers official documents, temporary passports, and passport extensions.
The Minister of Labour requested Thai officials to extend the deadline for the registration to three more months. The Thai government earlier set a December 22 deadline for migrant workers to register for work permits or face deportation.
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