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Burma's borders relaxed - Telegraph
The opening of a new check point in Myawaddy, bordering Mae Sot in Thailand, has also broadened the possibilities for long-distance travel. There' s a 4th point with Thailand at Htee Khee-Sunaron. Travelers must apply for a full tourism visas in time. However, the Federal Foreign Office continues to advise travelers to be alert in frontier areas.
"There are on-going civilian activities near the borders with Thailand, Laos and China, especially in Shan, Karen, Mon and Kachin states," the website says. He also recalls that travelling limits at the borders of Muse (in Burma's Shan state) and Ruili (in China), Tamu (in Burma's Chin state) and Morei (on the India border) will continue to apply.
A thousand have escaped to Thailand as migrants.
Burma is open to trade, but not to the public.
For the first year in 24 years Aung San Suu Kyi will be leaving Myanmar (Burma) to travel to Thailand and later Europe to receive her Nobel Peace Prize in person". Recent by-elections in Myanmar, in which Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy took 43 of the 45 available places, have raised hopes and a lot of bustle around the globe to undermine or even dismantle the West's sanction system against the reigning military dictators.
Myanmar seems to come from the coldness. Moreover, Myanmar is open to trade and everyone is queuing to join a large internal economy with 60 million undeveloped customers and a largely undeveloped or under-developed raw materials area. Myanmar has a long trade tradition with Thailand, which is characterised by timber felling and the imports of imported petroleum.
However, it is the accessibility to low-cost labor in Myanmar that is considered a major attraction for the processing industry. Thailand is already benefiting from the low-cost labor of Myanmar migrants in Thailand who work in the agricultural and processing industry on an illegal and mostly outpatient workload. Myanmar has long been reserved for Thai commercial interests and cross-border trading and has great geostrategic importance for the entire area.
This will be of the greatest benefit to Thailand. First, Thailand will be the nearest neighbor, long-standing investment and major trade partners, with immediate links to low-cost labor and abundant resources, and a point of passage for goods to Cambodia and Vietnam. Second, Thailand still has tens of thousands of irregular immigrants within its borders, most of whom have escaped or migrated to Thailand from Myanmar.
Indeed, some have started to return to Myanmar, even those in exile. For one thing, China in particular will need order and equilibrium in Myanmar to create secure transportation connections for its goods as an option to the South China Sea. At the same time, the West and some ASEAN members will demand that the Myanmar leaders at least show some traces of democracy (as we see at the moment) and a lasting resolution to the Myanmar-Thai migration crises and other ethnical tension.
In the highlands and ethnically affected areas, the tension remains and, despite recent changes in politics in the city, the position of minority communities has not significantly altered. As the rebellion is still fought by tens of millions, large parts of the land remains closed to riots by governing forces. This conflict is continuing to create a constant flow of displaced persons and asylums who are escaping the struggles to Thailand, Malaysia, Bangladesh, India and beyond.
The Kachin dispute, while some ethnical clashes have settled and cease-fire has taken place, is once again leading to devastation in Myanmar's impoverished, remote and less-favoured areas. When asked about the recent presence of several dozen thousand Malaysian migrants, Aung San Suu Kyi, head of the Malaysian government, said it was too early to go back to Myanmar, because: "They must have something to go back to.
However, the problem of asylum centres in the area, or the problem of irregular immigration in places such as Malaysia, which does not recognize asylum seekers, is not a workaround. At the end of last year, Malaysia launched a new programme to register irregular migration, the so-called 6P programme. It was developed to find out how many undocumented people are currently in Malaysia and whether they can be returned to certain industries that need or can bepatriated.
Last year, the Malaysia Interior Secretary also suggested an exchange programme for immigrant detainees, undoubtedly based on the so-called Malaysia swaps between Australia and Malaysia. Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding, Myanmar residents in Malaysia will be exchanged for Myanmar detainees from Malaysia. Attempts by the Malaysia authorities to record in a systematic manner those who live and work in Malaysia illegally are intended to improve criminal prosecution.
In the middle of all this, there are trapped tens of thousand of asylum seeking ers, exiled politicians and displaced persons who have escaped the ongoing conflict in Myanmar. They are the ones who are most afraid of being returned, as they do not have a home to go back to, let alone an interest in it. Authors note: The main reason why I work with Myanmar is because the name Burma evokes the idea that the Burmese belong to the Burmese Bamar, the dominating national group.
The majority of occidental government call the state Burma. NIAS Press publishes NIAS Religion and Ethnicity in Malaysia.