Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Problems with the migrant passports

DVB reports on the corruption and overcharging among passport brokers in Mae Sot:
Agencies that have sprung up along the border in Mae Sot in recent months have been charging ten times the price for a one-year visa than what the government is asking. Burmese government officials have been charging inflated rates for issuing passports in a timely manner. Many of the impoverished migrant workers in Thailand are then left to borrow money to pay for their documents and are then forced to work for months, or years, to pay off their debts before they are able to send their hard-earned money back home to their families.

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