Myanmar accepts up to 500 migrant workers returning from Thailand every two days

Myanmar migrant workers returning from Thailand were allowed to enter their home country with 200 in quantity every two days beginning from August 1, and the number accepted has increased to 300 on 24th and 500 on 26th September.

A total of 480 male and female workers returned to the country on September 26.

Moe Gyo, Chairman of Joint Action Committee for Burmese Affairs (JACBA) based in Mae Sot, said the returnees included those unemployed due to the Covid-19 outbreak in Thailand, the mothers whose new-born babies were no longer allowed to be brought to workplaces and those released from their detention.

Myanmar resumed accepting the re-entry of migrant workers on August 1 after the suspension due to the Covid-19 third wave. And the number of returnees returning to the country has increased gradually since thenb.

The returnees are to Shwe Myawady Quarantine Center in Myawady for ten days in quarantine. Those who test positive for Covid-19 will receive medical treatment while those who test negative will be transported to their respective regions and states after 10 days of quarantine.

From August 1 to September 26, 6,238 migrant workers had returned from Thailand via Mae Sot-Myawady Road.

Reportedly, a returnee had to spend over Ks500,000 (9,000 baht) to return home.