Saturday, 6 October 2012

Travel restrictions on Mae Sot migrants

The Irrawaddy has details of the travel restrictions on migrants trying to leave Mae Sot. (See here for an earlier statement by MAP Foundation about this.)
Migrant rights groups say that thousands of Burmese workers living in the Thai border town of Mae Sot have been prevented from leaving to search for work elsewhere in Thailand, despite possessing legal work permits that allow them to do so. Yaung Chi Oo, a Mae Sot-based advocacy group that works to protect the rights of Burmese migrant workers, said that factory owners in the town have colluded with local Thai authorities to detain and return workers who attempt to travel to other parts of the country.

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