Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Migrants without passports can come home too, says Immigration chief

Ko Tun Maw Thein, who was injured in an attack in Malaysia, is pictured arriving at Yangon Airport on June 17, 2013. Some businesspersons and a private hospital have promised to help with his travel and medical expenses. (Photo: Hein Htet / Mizzima)

Ko Tun Maw Thein, who was injured in an attack in Malaysia, is pictured arriving at Yangon Airport on June 17, 2013. Some businesspersons and a private hospital have promised to help with his travel and medical expenses. (Photo: Hein Htet / Mizzima)

Myanmar’s Immigration Department Deputy Director Kyaw Myint said on Sunday that migrants in Malaysia will be permitted to travel home even if they do not have passports.
He said that travel to Myanmar would be allowed provided the migrant worker can prove his or her Myanmar citizenship with an ID certificate issued by the embassy in Kuala Lumpur.  
“But if someone tries to qualify with a fake passport, we will have no choice but to charge him or her according to the law,” said Kyaw Myint.
It has been reported that 167 Myanmar migrants returned home from Malaysia on Saturday, June 15, after national carrier MAI said it would provide half-price flights to migrants who wanted to leave Malaysia where a series of violent attacks—either conducted by Malaysians on Myanmar nationals or between Myanmar gangs of different religious groups—have occurred in the Kuala Lumpur suburb of Selayang in recent weeks.
Between three and eight people have been killed in the attacks.
A list from the Immigration Department at Yangon International Airport showed that some 3,400 Myanmar nationals have returned home from Malaysia since the violence broke out on May 30.