Refugees from Mae Lar camp to get skills training
In a surprise move, refugees remaining in camps on the Thai-Myanmar border are now to be permitted to go into Mae Sot to get training or work.
Our project partner, Htwe Nge from the Federation of Trades Union Myanmar (FTUM) says about fifty refugees will attend the UnionAID funded vocational training centre to learn industrial sewing skills which will enable them to find jobs, either in factories in Thailand, or in Myanmar if they return home.
These women will complement the estimated 150 migrant workers who will pass through the centre this project year, bringing trainee numbers, over the four years of the project, to well over 1000. All have easily found factory work, either on the border or in Bangkok.