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Myanmar: No let up in Thai crackdown on migrants September 15,2021   |  Source: Union of Catholic Asian News

Thai authorities continue to deny a safe haven to migrants from Myanmar fleeing political persecution and economic hardship in their homeland with many arrested over the past few days for crossing the border illegally. In one incident on Sept 12, six migrants, five men and a woman, were detained for entering the country illegally in the western Thai border province of Kanchanaburi. The migrants told authorities they were from Dawei and Bago townships in Myanmar and were on their way to Nakhon Pathom province in Thailand where jobs had been promised to them. They said they had paid between 18,000 baht (US$550) and 20,000 baht apiece to brokers who had promised them employment in Thailand. The day before, 14 migrants from Myanmar were arrested while trying to cross into Malaysia from a southern Thai province. The migrants, who hoped to find well-paying employment in Malaysia after failing to do so in Thailand, said they had each paid brokers 3,500 Malaysian ringgit (US$845) to be taken to Malaysia. Human-trafficking gangs routinely prey on desperate migrants from countries such as Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos by offering them jobs in Thailand or Malaysia in return for payment. Often the traffickers abandon migrants to their fate after helping them cross the border into Thailand,


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