Myanmar migrant workers in 2019 exceed 300,000

Over 305,000 people went overseas for work during 2019 according to the data from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population.

Monthly numbers of workers going abroad from January to November 2019 are 23,235 in January, 22,523 in February, 22,534 in March, 20,766 in April, 30,326 in May, 26,787 in June, 30,826 in July, 33,805 in August, 36,902 in September, 27,186 in October and 30,841 in November. Thailand tops the destination countries for Myanmar migrant workers and Malaysia the second.

“There are currently about four million Myanmar workers in foreign countries either officially or unofficially. Laws have been enacted for working officially. But, some workers are still going unofficially with the help of those who are already in that country,” said U Kyaw Htwe, Chair of Immigration and Local Overseas Labour Committee (Amyotha Hluttaw).

Yu Wai