More labour officers are being assigned in order to handle the high volume of cases stemming from the large number of Myanmar migrants working there, U Thein Swe, Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population said at an International Migrants Day event in Nay Pyi Taw. “The number of Myanmar migrants in Thailand is high, as is also true for the number of cases and problems … There are millions of labourers and the current staffing level at the embassy is no longer sufficient. We will assign three more labour diplomats including one Thai language expert and one legal expert,” U Thein Swe told The Myanmar Times after the ceremony. He added that the recruiting and employment will be conducted jointly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Currently, there are two labour attachés each in Thailand and Malaysia, as well as one in Korea. Myanmar and Thailand have signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding migrant workers supplied to the Thai labour markets but the majority of the Myanmar workers are undocumented and face problems with brokers, traffickers and police. Myanmar has estimated as many as 4 million of its citizens may be working in Thailand, with slightly less than half of that group legally registered for employment.
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