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Jobs to be created for returnees from Thailand

The Myanmar government is trying to create jobs in collaboration with the private sector for returnees from Thailand to escape harsher labour law introduced by the Thai government, said a report in the Myanmar Times Online on Friday (July 7).

Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe told the media on Wednesday that job creation will be the priority of the government.

He explained that the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) would make it easier for domestic and international investors to invest in Myanmar while relevant ministries are implementing programs like better financial access for small and medium enterprises.

So far, 34,069 migrant workers have returned from Thailand and some of them would like to work in Myanmar while others want to return to Thailand after having obtained necessary documents in Myanmar.

There are about three million Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand with most of them being illegals.

Thien Swe said his ministry would sign a memorandum of understanding between Myanmar and Japan to send workers to Japan officially.

He added that Myanmar job seekers could work in three sectors – manufacturing, construction and agriculture – and there will be training programs for workers before they leave for Japan.

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