Myanmar penalizes over 20 overseas employment agencies

Nay Pyi Taw, Dec 24 (IANS) Myanmar has penalized more than 20 overseas employment agencies which place the country’s migrant workers in positions abroad by violating labour rules, officials said on Thursday.

According to labour, employment and social security ministry, the penalization included revoking the licenses of eight overseas agencies, suspending six agencies on suspicion of marketing fraud smart cards and visas, and suspending another eight for violating the rules of their employment contracts, Xinhua news agency reported.

Myanmar citizens are officially permitted to work in several foreign countries, including Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Japan.

In Myanmar, about 250 local and overseas employment agencies have been issued licenses so far.

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