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Burmese Migrant Registration Centers in Thailand Stay Open

15 February 2013

Burma and Thailand agreed to let Burma’s government run 11 passport-issuing offices in Thailand from Friday in order to provide migrant workers with identity papers, Burma’s Embassy in Bangkok announced. The centers are located in Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Tak, Khan Kaen, Pathum Thani, Kanchanaburi, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Rayong, Ranong and Surat Thani. The service is part of the so-called nationality verification process that would offer official documentation for millions of migrant workers, many of who remain unregistered. The centers were previously set to close by Dec. 14, 2012, but this deadline has been extended with three months. Burma’s Ministry of Labor said at least another 800,000 migrant workers in Thailand still require a passport.