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Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi to Sign Pact to Allow Myanmar Workers Smoother Access to Jobs in Thailand June 23,2016   |  Source: Radio Free Asia

A memorandum of understanding on migrant labor that Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi will sign with the Thai government later this week will make it easier for Myanmar migrants to work legally in Thailand, according to a copy of the document’s provisions obtained by BenarNews, a sister entity of RFA. Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s de facto leader, will begin an official three-day visit to neighboring Thailand on Thursday, during which she will meet with Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha the following day to discuss issues related to refugee repatriation and bilateral relations, especially labor and development cooperation. The two will sign a Memorandum of Understanding on the Labor Cooperation Agreement on Employment of Workers and Agreement on Border Crossing, according to Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The agreement reduces the current work-break period from three years to one month so that migrant workers will not have to return to Myanmar after working four years in Thailand, and then spend three years in their home country before they can return to work in Thailand, where they earn higher wages. Another provision specifies that Thailand will issue a certificate of identity for migrant workers at designated nationality verification

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