The permanent secretary of the ministry found it necessary to call upon agencies for a meeting on the first day of the weekend, with the intent to strategize and streamline efforts targeted toward providing relief for Thai citizens stranded in Myanmar, a conundrum that presented several hurdles due to the volatile nature of ongoing conflict in the region.
As per available updates, the total count of Thai citizens currently residing in Myanmar is registered at 293. Based on preparedness to be repatriated, they can be further broken down into specific classifications:
- A majority grogramup of 164 individuals have found refuge and are under watchful surveillance by the Myanmar authorities.
- There’s a minority of 18 Thai citizens who found employment in entertainment avenues, have voiced their intent to return to their motherland.
- A smaller subset of 32 people have received release from their employers and are being held in safe quarters, awaiting the right time to merge with the larger group that is ready to be repatriated.
As for the rest of the Thai citizens in Myanmar:
- There are 53 individuals who have not yet received release from their employers.
- Another 26 seem to be uncontactable for reasons yet unknown.
In other developments, news has surfaced of around 41 Thais who have been let go by their employers in Laukkaing and have sought shelter in territories under the control of the United Wa State Army.
In the midst of all this, the Thai embassy stationed in Yangon is tirelessly coordinating action plans to secure the safety of these citizens and devise secure transit pathways for their prompt return to their homeland.
The situation has been further complicated by a bomb explosion that occurred near the place of refuge of these Thai nationals, raising grave concerns about their safety. The embassy is steadfast in its mission to gain entry into the area to assess the state of its citizens and expedite the process of issuing travel documentation.
However, gaining access has proven to be a stickling point due to undisclosed security reasons cited by the Myanmar authorities. This has prompted the embassy to take alternative steps – such as verification of nationalities via video conversations, a measure enacted for the issuance of documentation.