Myawady – Myanmar migrant workers, who came back to Myanmar to play Thingyan festival, returned to their jobs in Thailand from April 18 via Friendship Bridge, sources said.
They are not charged fees to pass the bridge.
“We stamped their forms free till April 30 just like Thai immigration officials did,” said deputy head Kyaw Nanda Thet Tin from immigration department.
More Myanmar workers returned home this year as Thai allowed migrant workers to return home for two consecutive years.
“We go back today although Thai authorities allowed us to return to our jobs by April 30. Although we want to stay longer, we cannot stay as we can be fired. That’s why we go back immediately,” said Ko Tun from Chaungsone.
“I would like to stay with my family for a long time. We have been parted for many years. But we cannot stay here as we have no job and money. Although the work of bricklaying is tiring, we need to save money,” said Ko Ko Lin from Hpa-an.
Migrant workers returned to their jobs in Thailand after Thingyan as job opportunities are rare and salaries are low in Myanmar.