Junta lifts suspension of overseas work permits for men, but imposes age restrictions

Employment agencies say that Myanmar’s military council is forbidding men between the ages of 23 and 31 from being considered for work abroad

The junta claimed to have rescinded a temporary suspension on permits for male Myanmar nationals to work abroad on Thursday, but new age restrictions on eligibility have been introduced, Myanmar Now has learned.

Permanent secretary of the military council’s labour ministry Nyunt Win told regime-controlled media that overseas job applications were again being reviewed and accepted after the process was halted on May 1. However, an email seen by Myanmar Now and sent to overseas employment agencies by the same ministry stated that job recruitment would be limited to men under the age of 23 or over 31. 

“Those between 23 and 31 years old will not be allowed to work abroad. This applies to both new applicants and old applicants,” an agency representative said, referring to those who were seeking such work before May 1. 

Speaking to Myanmar Now on May 2 about the suspension. . .

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