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Myanmar to extend issuing temporary passports for migrant workers in Thailand

06-14-2012 11:32 BJT

YANGON, June 14 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar will extend issuing temporary passports to registered migrant workers in Thailand by the end of this year, according to a local media Thursday.

Myanmar has so far issued such provisional passports to about 700,000 out of 2 million Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand since 2009 and the remaining 500,000 are undocumented, said the 7- Day News.

The issuance of more passports will enable Myanmar migrant workers to work and travel legally in Thailand, it said.

As migrant workers holding temporary passports can get a daily minimum wage of 300 bahts (9.5 U.S.dollars), negotiation is still underway to raise the minimum basic pay of Myanmar immigrants from the present 250 bahts to 300 bahts.

According to official statistics, the number of Myanmar workers, legally employed to work in 15 foreign countries, reached 330,311 as of 2010 since 1990 and such overseas workers had fetched for the country over 17 million U.S dollars.

Myanmar citizens seeking overseas jobs are mostly destined to such countries as Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Libya, Thailand, Cambodia, Japan, Switzerland, Brunei Darussalam, United Arab Emirates, America, France, Germany, Qatar and Kuwait.

As part of its bid to ease domestic employment problem, Myanmar 's Ministry of Labor has sought overseas job opportunities for Myanmar workers since 1990.

Editor:Sun Luying |Source: Xinhua

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