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Myanmar begins reissuing passports as more people look to leave

Economic slowdown prompts exodus of those hoping to work or study abroad

People wait in front of airline counters at Yangon International Airport on Feb. 5.

BANGKOK/YANGON -- Myanmar authorities have resumed issuing passports after suspending issuances for about two months. New passports have not been issued since January as the website was being updated, but applications started to be accepted again from Friday.

The economic downturn in Myanmar that followed the February 2021 military coup has led to a surge in people seeking to leave the country to work or study abroad, with passport applications flooding in.

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