Myanmar to export household workforce to Singapore

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Myanmar maids SingaporeThe term Overseas Myanmar Workers, or OMW, has still to be coined, but the government in the former pariah state has recognised that legal labour export would sizeably ramp up the country’s foreign earnings.

While illegal Myanmar labourers are a common sight in many parts of Thailand – where they work all kinds of low-profile jobs starting from organised begging on the streets of Bangkok to operating street-side restaurants and doing construction work and farming in the countryside, the Myanmar female workforce in other parts of ASEAN has been scarce so far.

Up to now, Myanmar did not allow its women to work overseas as maids, even though the regulation was never strictly enforced. Now, the Myanmar government for the first time allows female citizens to work as foreign domestic workers at least in Singapore and has set up training centers to equip them with the skills needed of being a maid before being sent overseas. A total of 50 women have already attended training and have been deployed to Singapore.

The Association of Employment Agencies Singapore assists in developing a structured recruitment process and improve the training programme, and Singapore’s Manpower Ministry has recognised Myanmar as a source country for domestic workers.

Under the conditions of the Myanmar government, women citizens to work in Singapore as foreign domestic workers must be recruited by a licensed agent in Myanmar and attend training at an approved center. Only one training center has been approved so far, while another two are applying to get approval from the Myanmar Labour Ministry.

Migrant worker groups welcomed the move by Myanmar to legalise women as foreign domestic workers. Myanmar women illegally working abroad do not have any laws to protect them, and many are running away from their employers.

It is understood the Myanmar embassy in Singapore is expected to appoint a Labour Attache soon to provide support and welfare to the increasing numbers of their foreign domestic workers.

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The term Overseas Myanmar Workers, or OMW, has still to be coined, but the government in the former pariah state has recognised that legal labour export would sizeably ramp up the country’s foreign earnings.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Myanmar maids SingaporeThe term Overseas Myanmar Workers, or OMW, has still to be coined, but the government in the former pariah state has recognised that legal labour export would sizeably ramp up the country’s foreign earnings.

While illegal Myanmar labourers are a common sight in many parts of Thailand – where they work all kinds of low-profile jobs starting from organised begging on the streets of Bangkok to operating street-side restaurants and doing construction work and farming in the countryside, the Myanmar female workforce in other parts of ASEAN has been scarce so far.

Up to now, Myanmar did not allow its women to work overseas as maids, even though the regulation was never strictly enforced. Now, the Myanmar government for the first time allows female citizens to work as foreign domestic workers at least in Singapore and has set up training centers to equip them with the skills needed of being a maid before being sent overseas. A total of 50 women have already attended training and have been deployed to Singapore.

The Association of Employment Agencies Singapore assists in developing a structured recruitment process and improve the training programme, and Singapore’s Manpower Ministry has recognised Myanmar as a source country for domestic workers.

Under the conditions of the Myanmar government, women citizens to work in Singapore as foreign domestic workers must be recruited by a licensed agent in Myanmar and attend training at an approved center. Only one training center has been approved so far, while another two are applying to get approval from the Myanmar Labour Ministry.

Migrant worker groups welcomed the move by Myanmar to legalise women as foreign domestic workers. Myanmar women illegally working abroad do not have any laws to protect them, and many are running away from their employers.

It is understood the Myanmar embassy in Singapore is expected to appoint a Labour Attache soon to provide support and welfare to the increasing numbers of their foreign domestic workers.

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