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More than 600,000 migrants registered with Labour Ministry over the past month



PHOTO: Nation Thailand

More than 600,000 migrant workers have registered with the Thailand Labour Ministry over the past month. Late last year, the Thai government announced migrants from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar would be granted a 2-year work permit and health insurance. Registration with the ministry’s Department of Employment was open from January 15 until February 13.

The move follows the Covid-19 outbreak at a fishing hub in the coastal province Samut Sakhon, just southwest of Bangkok, where thousands of migrant workers tested positive for the virus. The outbreak among the migrant community shed light on the country’s problems with undocumented labour and human trafficking.

Out of the 654,864 migrants who registered, 203,679 are from Cambodia, 67,108 are from Laos and 384,077 are from Myanmar. Most of the migrants work in Bangkok, Chon Buri, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon. Many work in construction or the agriculture industry. A number of other migrants sell food and drinks.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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  1. Toby Andrews

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    The injustice of it.
    654.864 migrant workers are working or prepared to work for very low wages, and the Thais are receiving hand outs from the government and lining up for free food in the street!
    Idle scroungers.

    • Issan John

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 7:38 pm

      I don’t see anyone complaining, Toby … except you 🙂

      Maybe it’ll be one of the few good things to come out in the “new normal”, whenever that comes.

  2. Michela

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    That’s a very big number. If this number is genuine, you can surely consider there at least the double.

    And sad to say, but getting 2 years work permit look a good gift at first glance, but with the time coming it will also stick a target on them. When thai gonna start be hungry because the free food gonna lack in the street or because they are tired to be fed like a dog and the magical tourist money not gonna come for years, The government won’t will just show these migrant workers to the hungry thai…

  3. Toby Andrews

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    Nobody sees it.
    Look at that poor foreign worker showing his ID card to a Thai, who he knows is looking for a way to make money out of the situation.
    Wake up. Thais are the scum of the Far East.

  4. Jim kelly

    Monday, February 15, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    Fear not Toby… the majority of people on here and in the countries around the world have been lobotomized by the governments and Covid media! I FEEL PROUD TO BE ONE OF THE MINORITY LEFT THAT DOESN’T BELIEVE A WORD OF THIS BULLSHIT OR WHAT’S WRITTEN OR SAID ABOUT IT!
    I’m excercising MY RIGHT to do “as I want to and not what some timid fart is telling me what I should do… “for the sake of mankind!”
    If they want to look at what mankind is doing, they should get a scalpel and open their own eyes to all the murderous, torturous regimes that are still persecuting ‘millions’ across our broken planet!! Not worrying about some ‘arse-wip’e in a shopping mall who happens to cough or sneeze!

    • Fred glue

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 11:52 pm

      Who would sit down & have cold beer with you, Jim Kelly is my name we must stop all education at once.
      When I grow up I just want too be like Jim Kelly. ??

      • Issan John

        Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9:37 am

        NO, NO, NO!



        IN CAPS!!! 😮 😮 😮

        • Fred glue

          Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9:59 am

          You don’t have too be mean 2 me, Mr: I-J….. ?

          • Issan John

            Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 1:38 pm


  5. Fred glue

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Mr: Issan ( prime minister) John, your getting sliier. No votes for you in the next Thai elections. ?

  6. Jim kelly

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Rubber Johnnie from Issan by name, rubber Johnnie by nature!!

  7. Jim kelly

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    If so, a dozen paracetamol and a bottle of good Scotch spring to mind!!!

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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