Connect with us


Over 7,000 alien workers deported from Phuket this year



PHUKET: Phuket is on track to set a record number of deportations of illegal workers this year, with at least 7,086 illegals having been deported from the province in 2010, according to the latest statistics from the Phuket Immigration Office.

In 2009, 10,790 illegals were deported, preceded by 7,867 in 2008.

Announcement of the figures comes on the heels of a nationwide crackdown by special immigration task-forces ordered by Deputy Prime Minister Sanan Kajornprasart.

The task-force responsible for Phuket was sent from the Surat Thani Immigration office. The force included local immigration officers who sought and deported illegal workers from May 20 to June 21.

The crackdown was conducted in conjunction with the Thai government campaign to register all foreign labor in Thailand. For our previous report, click here.

The worker registration process is still far from complete, as it first requires government officials to compile lists of alien workers in the country.

The lists are then sent to Myanmar, Laos or Cambodia for confirmation of the workers’ nationalities. The workers must also personally obtain documentation proving their nationalities.

The Cambodian and Lao governments have set up identification centers in Bangkok, but Myanmar has not, forcing their citizens to return home to secure personal identification documents.

The list of alien workers in Phuket submitted for review included approximately 50,000 names, of which about 5,327 have been confirmed by their home countries, Mr Nopadol said.

A total of 55,316 Burmese, Lao and Cambodian laborers are permitted to work in Phuket.

“For the remaining people [alien workers], more than 40,000, it will take about a year, as there are many waiting to be approved. In Thailand there are around one million Burmese alone, all of whom must be processed,” said Phuket Provincial Employment Office (PPEO) Superintendent Nopadol Ployoudee.

The PPEO has yet to receive instruction on how to handle cases of alien workers not confirmed as nationals of other countries.

Mr Nopadol said that upon confirmation of their employees’ nationalities, employers must contact the PPEO within 30 days to have work permits issued for them.

Cabinet has set a February 2012 deadline for completing the national identification process, he added.

Mr Nopadol cautioned employers not to hire undocumented alien workers and advised anyone with knowledge of such activity to call the PPEO at 076-219660 or 076-219661.

“The number of illegal alien workers in Phuket is about the same as those who are here legally and is likely higher,” he said.

“Phuket is a developed area with a lot of construction, tourism and fisheries, so many people come here to work because they can get good salaries.

“Also, employers in Phuket really like Burmese workers and feel that they are like family, and the employees are happy to stay long-term,” Mr Nopadol said.

— Atchaa Khamlo


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Chiang Mai4 mins ago

Chiang Mai wakes up to a flooded city district

World22 mins ago

Japanese warned to take cover over North Korea missile test

World25 mins ago

Book on Trump reveals casual racism and homophobia

Thailand1 hour ago

Thai bank releases bizarre ‘apology’ for repossessing the wrong house

Tourism1 hour ago

Thailand wants more tourists from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

Thailand2 hours ago

Elon Musk angers Ukraine president with Russia tweets

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
World3 hours ago

Europeans arrested in Iran

Thailand3 hours ago

Thai woman charged for selling fake discount vouchers

Crime3 hours ago

Expressway killer reveals 3 month plan to murder girlfriend in remorseless confession

Thailand4 hours ago

Prayut plans to contact citizens hit by power cuts via radio

Thailand4 hours ago

Submarine purchases could sink over engine debate

Guides4 hours ago

Best IB schools in Thailand

Bangkok5 hours ago

VIDEO: Paramedics push patient through Bangkok floods on stretcher

Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 hours ago

Schools no longer need to close for Covid outbreaks

Thailand5 hours ago

Thai industries want to produce energy to combat rising costs

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11