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14,000 migrant workers face deportation

NATIONWIDE: As the registration of migrant labourers reaches its deadline today (June 30), over 14,000 undocumented workers have still not completed the process, Labour Minister Adul Sangsingkeo said.

By Bangkok Post

Saturday 30 June 2018, 09:56AM

Migrant workers repair a net on a Thai fishing boat in Rayong province. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri / AFP

Migrant workers repair a net on a Thai fishing boat in Rayong province. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri / AFP

He urged employers to ensure all their staff were legally registered with the ministry’s one-stop service (OSS) centres. An estimated 14,298 people, mostly from neighbouring countries, are now suspected to still be working in Thailand illegally.

Of them, 9,966 are from Cambodia, 1,728 from Laos and 2,604 from Myanmar.

The ministry started registering migrant labourers last year with the aim of documenting and regulating 1.32 million people, the vast majority from the aforementioned three countries. But the process has been plagued with problems and delays.

Only 840,736 labourers were registered in May, leading the deadline to be pushed back a month.

Since then over 333,000 people have scrambled to register at the OSS centres, half from Myanmar.

“We would like to thank those three countries for their full cooperation in verifying the nationality of these now-documented migrant workers,” Pol Gen Adul said.

“I would also like to reiterate that from [today], any undocumented workers will not be allowed to stay and work in the country,” he said.

“From [tomorrow], the ministry’s employment department will be working closely with local police and relevant agencies to strictly enforce this law,” he added.

According to the 2017 executive decree on the management of migrant workers, legal action will be pursued against both employers and unregistered staff in the event of any visa-related transgressions.

Labourers will face a fine of between B5,000 to B50,000. They will also be repatriated and banned from working in Thailand for two years.

Employers will face a fine of between B10,000 to B100,000 per illegal worker.

Repeat offenders will be liable for fines of between B50,000 to B200,000 per worker, a jail term of not more than one year, and a three-year ban on hiring foreigners.

Meanwhile, Suradet Walitthikun, secretary-general of Social Security Office, insisted yesterday (June 29) that the number of migrants using healthcare benefits under the Social Security Fund were comparable to the number of Thais taking advantage of these.

But proportionally more migrant workers are using the medical benefits compared to Thais in provinces like Bangkok, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon, where their birth rates are higher, he said.

Mr Suradet’s remarks comes as over a million legally registered migrant labourers were found to be entitled to seven benefits under the fund – similar to Thai employees. Those from Myanmar stood to benefit the most.

They cover illness, disability, death, child delivery, pensions and more.

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CaptainJack69 | 30 June 2018 - 12:30:54

One-stop service my ar*e. I would say the whole thing has been a shambles from start to finish, but  that would imply that some kind of finish was in sight. Thailand has no respect for foreigners in any walk of life.

Kurt | 30 June 2018 - 12:04:51

14,000 deportations, ok, all according the law. And now next, which thai are jumping in going to do their hot, dusty, low paid jobs?
Look at Chalong underpass works, hardly see workers.

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