Burmese migrants in Thailand can now apply for – and pay for – papers to allow them to travel freely around the kingdom.
The arrest of thousands of Burmese migrants in Thailand over the last 10 days is linked to the end of the “pink card” registration period, say migrant rights groups.
Thailand’s Department of Employment warns employers to ensure their migrant workers register before the 29 July deadline or face harsh punishments.
Thailand’s Labour Ministry agrees to allow Thai companies to hire Burmese and other foreign nationals to work as language coordinators to help with migrant staff.
Expectations are high that this week’s visit to Thailand by Aung San Suu Kyi will help raise awareness of issues affecting the millions of Burmese migrant workers in the country.
Rights groups have renewed a call for a long-term migration policy between Burma and Thailand.