Myanmar migrants return to their work sites after Thingyan break

Writer: 
Ko Shwe Thein (Myawady)
Myanmar migrants waiting to return Thailand seen near Friendship Bridge (Photo-Ko Shwe Thein)

 

Myanmar migrants who returned home to participate in Myanmar New Year Water Festival are now heading back to their work sites in Thailand over the Myawady Friendship Bridge.

Although Myanmar creates job opportunities, the income is not enough for most workers and there is a shortage of employment.

Many workers are now forced to leave their homes and re-enter Thailand after the Thingyan break.

Thailand’s government officially allowed returning Myanmar migrants to pass through the border gate without paying fees and the number of workers who returned to their homes increased.

“ Although the Thailand government allowed us to return back home officially from April 5th to 30th, we came here yesterday morning to go back to work. Actually, we want to stay at home together with our family members but it is impossible, because we will be dismissed from our job if we continue to stay at home. So, we re-entered  Thailand at once after Thingyan vacation,” said Ko Tun from Chaunghsone Township, Mon State.

“ We want to live with my parents and friends for a long time. I have worked in Thailand for a long time. We aren’t happy at home because we have no income and no job. Although we are tired of working at the construction site, we came back here after Thingyan break due to the money,” said a villager from Paung Township.

More than 50,000 Myanmar migrants returned home via Mae Soat-Myawady Road after April 5. Hundreds of migrants will re-enter Thailand after the Thingyan period, said a person living near Friendship Bridge.

“Myanmar migrants gradually return home from the beginning of February. Now, they leave to get back to their work site after the Thingyan festival,” said Lin Aung from Myawady Township. 

 

Translated by Khin Sett Maw