IOM Myanmar COVID-19 Response Situation Report 4, 9 May 2020 IOM Myanmar COVID-19 Response Situation Report 4, 9 May 2020

65,613 migrants express intentions to re-migrate to Thailand once the border reopens

4,000+ migrants return to Kachin State mainly from the People’s Republic of China

6,207 returns to northern Shan State through Muse Nan Taw, Muse Chinshwehaw and Mongla

SITUATION OVERVIEW

Only 218 returns through official channels occurred from 1-7 May, according to the Department of Labour. This is due to the delayed re-opening of the Thai-Myanmar border following the Myanmar Government’s request to Thai authorities to allow for only 2,500 returns per day, the Thai Government’s extension of the Emergency Decree until 31 May, and subsequent ongoing talks between the two governments to manage a potential second influx of returnees.

The delay in the border re-opening is also delaying returns of Myanmar migrant workers into Thailand. So far, around 65,613 migrants have expressed intentions to re-migrate to Thailand once the border reopens.

Returns continue from the People’s Republic of China into Kachin and Northern Shan states, with the overall number of returns now to Kachin having exceeded 4,000, with over a further 1,000 having returned through Kachin to other states/regions of Myanmar. In addition, since 19 April until 6 May, 6,207 migrants returned from the People’s Republic of China to Myanmar through three border checkpoints in northern Shan State (Muse Nan Taw, Muse Chinshwehaw, and Mongla).

Source: International Organization for Migration