Minister of Labour, Minister of Home Affairs of Union of Myanmar went to Samutsakorn Province to ensue the progress of Myanmar nationality verification and work permit extension in Samutsakorn. There are presently 152,707 Myanmar workers out of totally 160,253 workers working in Samutsakorn Province.
Mr. Phaithoon Kaeothong, Minister of Labour, stated that approximately 50,000-60,000 alien workers in Samutsakorn Province have not applied nationality verification. The Nationality verification process is likely to be completed by 2 March 2010. H.E. Maj-Gen. Maung Oo insisted that Myanmar workers would not be levied, detained or arrested. According to a discussion between Thai and Myanmar, Myanmar workers who completed nationality verification would be allowed to temporary work in Thailand for 2 years and can extend work permit for another 2 years, totally 4 years. After completion the allowed period, they must return to Myanmar for at least 3 years before being able to reentry to work in Thailand.
H.E. Maj-Gen. Maung Oo, Minister of Home Affairs, stated that most foreign workers working in Thailand are Myanmar residing at frontier. Accordingly, the nationality verification process will be conducted at three centers in Tachilek, Myawaddy or Koh Song. Currently, there are 40,973 workers have completed Myanmar nationality verification. In anticipation, from April onward, a number of workers who complete nationality verification received temporary passport would increase from 500 workers/day to 1,000 workers/day or 100,000 workers/ month. In 2010, it is anticipated that the number of such workers would be 600,000 and increase to 1,200,000 within 2012. In this regard, Myanmar nationality verification process starts from 08.30 am.-6.00 pm. A delay has partly resulted from the departure process in Thailand including checking the documents at immigration check-points causing a delay to arrival around 11.00 am. Myanmar government will issue temporary passport to elder entourage and see of eye for Myanmar worker’s children.
“Myanmar workers who go through nationality verification will not definitely be levied, detained or arrested and only 100 baht will be charge for a fee. In addition, Myanmar government has no policy to send officials to proceed nationality verification in Thailand” H.E Maj. Gen. Maung Oo said at the end.
There are totally 152,707 Myanmar workers out of 160,253 workers working in Samutsakorn Province or equivalent to 95.29%. According to the record of Samutsakorn Office of Labour on 25 February 2010, there are 30,507 migrant alien workers, whose nationality are Myanmar, Lao, Cambodian, filled in nationality verification form and extend work permit, classified into 29,614 Myanmar workers, 831 Lao workers and 62 Cambodian workers.
Mr. Phaithoon Kaeothong, Minister of Labour, attended the meeting to discuss with H.E Maj. Gen. Maung Oo , Minister of Home Affairs of Union of Myanmar, on alien worker registration in Samutsakorn Province. He also called on alien workers working in Thai Union Frozen Products, Plc., Muang District, Samutsakorn Province. (02/03/2553)
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