A total of 145 Myanmar nationals, 85 men and 60 women, were sent back to their home country under a voluntary repatriation programme on Saturday, according to a press release from the Thailand Maritime Enforcement Command Centre Region 3.
The repatriation ceremony was chaired by provincial governor Somkiat Sisanet and attended by Ye Lin Htet, a Myanmar assistant labour attache based in Ranong, as well as local labour and security officials.
The 145 Myanmar nationals had been detained for entering the country illegally to find jobs. They were repatriated on a voluntary basis after having gone though all legal proceedings.
They were seen off from the boat pier at Ban Khao Nang Hong in tambon Pak Nam, Muang district, on 10 motor-powered boats, heading for a port in Myanmar.
BP (Photo: Achadtaya Chuenniran)