Published on Wednesday, 19 December 2012 21:26
Governmental plans are underway to issue temporary passports to nearly two million undocumented Myanmar migrant workers outside the country and to legitimise their offspring as Myanmar citizens, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security U Maung Myint said.
"(The government) has already issued temporary passports to over 1.2 million undocumented migrant workers.” The government is negotiating respectively with Thailand and Malaysia to issue temporary passports for the remaining 2 million, the minister said at the ceremony to mark the International Migrants Day held yesterday in Nay Pyi Taw.
"Arrangements are being made to identify the offspring of the migrant workers in Thailand as Myanmar citizens and provide them with education," he said.
Over 40,000 workers have been sent to Thailand under the agreement between Myanmar and Thailand.
Over 101,000 undocumented workers in Malaysia have been granted passports and arrangements are being made to issue the passports to the remaining 1 million workers in the country.
"Labour Attaches have been assigned duties in Thailand, (South) Korea, and Malaysia to protect the workers' rights and handle their issues. We have also formed the Licensed Overseas Employment Agency Association to protect the rights of workers abroad," he added.
After joining the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) last month, Myanmar government has been cooperating with IOM to protect migrant workers’ rights.
Myanmar migrant workers are mainly working in Asean member countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. South Korea, Japan and the Middle East are also among the list.
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