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07 May 2011 :: 08:05:42 am 53579

Thailand Cracks Down Illegal Migrants

Bangkok authorities crack down illegal workers in Thailand targeting the human trafficking victims from neighbouring countries such as Burma
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Employers who hire illegal immigrants will also be arrested, Thai Labour Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Somkiat Chayasriwong told the press on 3 May.

He added that anti-immigration officials would also pressure “all illegal migrants…through arrests.”

Many victims of human trafficking are tricked into leaving neighbouring countries for Thailand with promises of tempting salaries, only to be forced into almost slave-live conditions.

On 4 May the labour ministry has announced that a decision has been made to allow such victims to work in Thailand as they are not able to return to their home countries.

“A decision has been approved today [5 May] to grant one-year temporary work permits for migrants under protection in Thai welfare centres undergoing trial after being trafficked into Thailand”, Anurak Tossarat, director of Thai labour ministry’s Office of Foreign Workers’ Administration said.

“So the trafficking victims will be able to find jobs and make income before they can return to their home countries,” he added.

The process will begin between June and September this year, Somkiat said.

The decision is welcomed by many migrant rights groups, in particular the Burmese Association in Thailand.

The Burmese migrants should act with caution until they receive their permits, said Myo Naing, the foreign relations coordinator of the Burmese Association.

Out of millions of Burmese in Thailand, only 350,000 of them have legal work permits. Many work in low-skilled industries such as fishing and garments manufacturing. Their statuses are not protected under Thai labour laws.

Report By: dvb

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