Myanmar asks Thailand for delay of migrant labour laws

Myanmar workers return to their country from Mae Sot district in Tak on July 2, 2017. (Photo by Assawin Pinitwong)

The Myanmar Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population has asked Thailand to extend the suspension of the implementation of its new labour laws that impose harsh penalties on illegal workers, a senior ministry official said on Wednesday.

“We have planned to complete the Certificate of Identity issuing process on time. But, there are migrants who could not reach the CI camps in time, so we have asked for another extension,” said the Myanmar Times on Thursday quoted May Thu Nyo, deputy director of Migrant Worker Division of the Ministry of Labour, as saying.

The ministry has asked its Thai counterpart to give them more time to finish the issuance of IDs to those illegal migrants who registered with the Thai government.

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