Having served two-year sentences for illegally entering Indian territorial waters, 18 Burmese fishermen were yesterday released from prison and allowed to return home.
“The fisheries department intends to ensure there is no shortage of fish despite the ongoing violence in Maungdaw.”
Thailand and Burma have agreed to set up a joint working committee to solve labour problems arising from confusion over Thailand’s tough new migrant worker rules.
More than 1,000 Burmese migrants have returned via the Maw Taung border checkpoint in Tenasserim, with perhaps a similar number crossing at Kawthaung, the southernmost port in Burma.
Thailand’s caretaker Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has reacted to the crisis, attempting to loosen the harsh law that spurred the exodus.
Acting on a stringent new labour law, Thai police are leading a crackdown on Burmese migrant workers.