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One last kick at sacked Myanmar workers?

Jul 03. 2017
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By The Nation

Myanmar officials in Myawaddy have urged their counterparts across the border in Tak to investigate whether Myanmar workers returning home were being forced to pay bribes on leaving Thailand, according to a source in the Tak provincial administration.

The source said on Monday the governor of Myawaddy had written to Charoenrit Sanguansat, his counterpart in Tak, claiming that Thai officials had demanded bribes from returning migrant workers on the Tak-Mae Sot Road on July 2. 

Stricter regulations on foreign labour had as of June 29 reportedly driven 15,000 Myanmar workers back across the border. 

Many of them had been working in Thailand illegally and were let go by employers fearful of incurring heavy fines.

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