200 more migrant workers welcomed back home

Ko Shwe Thein
The Myanmar migrant workers upon their return in Myawaddy.

Some 200 Myanmar migrant workers arrived back from Malaysia on October 25 and were welcomed by the authorities who arranged for them to get back to their home towns.

Most of the workers were men. They had to give 1,150 ringgit (Ks 360,000) to brokers to return to Myawaddy through Thailand from Malaysia, they said.

Most of them had been working in Malaysia illegally and some of them returned home due to fears for their safety. Some of the workers decided to come back after their family members called on them to return.

“My parents had been  worried about me due to the attacks in Rakhine State and they called me back. My job is OK in Malaysia but I was working illegally there, so I came back,” said Zaw Lin from Ponnakyun, Rakhine State.

Officials from the Labour Department, under the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, said they had explained to the workers about the procedures they had done for arranging their return home.

Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand had been  returning from June 29 as a result of a new  labour law. A total of 43,658 Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand and Malaysia had returned home by  October 25.