Thailand supports setting up of centres for Myanmar nationality verification

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BANGKOK, Dec 24 — Thailand is supporting the setting up of centres for Myanmar nationality verification at five provinces which could help stem the flow of illegal Myanmar migrant workers into Thailand, according to Deputy Prime Minsiter Chalerm Yubumrung.

Pol Capt Chalerm welcomed Myanmar Deputy Labour Minister Myint Thein at his residence in Bangkok’s Bang Bon district to discuss the issue of Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand.

Myanmar has requested Thailand open centres for Myanmar nationality verification and asked for cooperation to issue entry visas for Myanmar workers, as there were only 10,000-20,000 Myanmar labourers legally working in Thailand.

Capt Chalerm told reporters after the meeting that Myanmar wanted its labourers to work in Thailand legally and requested nationality verification.

Myanmar has proposed to open centres in five provinces – Bangkok, Samut Sakhorn, Samut Prakan, Chiang Mai and Surat Thani – and the Thai government has supported the proposal, he said.

The deputy premier said that there were currently wrongdoings conducted among three parties – the agencies who bring labourers to Thailand, the employer, and the worker, all should be corrected.

Capt Chalerm said that he has asked the Myanmar minister for more cooperation in tackling human trafficking and the agencies who lured Myanmar citizens to work illegally in Thailand.