Thai soldiers and police arrest 246 more Burmese migrants in Kanchanaburi

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Thai soldiers and police have arrested 246 Burmese migrants in 6 border areas across 4 districts of Kanchanaburi, a Western province, yesterday and today. The migrants say they paid job brokers between 15,000 and 25,000 baht to get them jobs in several Thai provinces.

Thai authorities also caught 4 guides helping the migrants, and charged them with assisting illegal border crossers. Out of the 246 migrants caught, 156 were men, and 108 were women.

A representative of a migrant labour development network estimates that Thai authorities caught 80,000 illegal border crossers last year, most of them Burmese. He also estimates that as many as 100,000 probably got passed authorities, and are now working in Thailand’s major provinces.

It’s common for authorities to arrest big groups of migrants in operations like this all over Thailand. Last month, soldiers caught 31 Burmese migrants on the Thailand-Malaysia border.

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Thai PM Prayut said last week that “all parties involved” should work to register workers from neighbouring countries so that they can be employed legally in Thailand, as the country is suffering a labour shortage.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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