Informal migration for labor

Last group of rescued migrants in limbo

Bangladesh and Myanmar remain at odds over 28 people who were among more than 900 rescued at sea in May, after being abandoned by human traffickers. Following the repatriation of 48 Bangladeshi nationals on 2 December, the Bangladesh embassy in Yangon said in a statement that ...

Workers in Thailand get temporary labour permits

Vietnamese migrant workers in Thailand are allowed to register for temporary work permits at the country’s provincial labour departments from 1-30 December, according to the Thai Ministry of Labour. The ministry said on 30 November that the 30-day expansion for Vietnamese guest workers (excluding their companies) aims ...

Migrants processing Thai chicken exports abused, exploited— Researchers

Migrants processing Thai chicken for its biggest export market, Europe, face widespread abuse by their employers, partly because foreign auditors have focused on food safety rather than workers’ conditions, researchers said on 25 November. Chicken is set to become the world’s most consumed meat, within the ...

Complaints filed against Thai workers in Dawei, Myanmar

Local residents of Myanmar’s Dawei Township, Taninthayi Region, complained to the Immigration Officer on 16 November about Thai citizens who have been working at the Banchaung coal mining project without legal work permits since 8 November. May Flower Mining Enterprises was granted permission to implement the Banchaung ...

Foreigners targeted in 'model trafficking'

Thailand’s Department of Employment is vowing to take legal action against foreigners who work illegally as models in the country.  The action comes following a complaint by the Thai Modelling Industry and Agencies Association, saying a number of foreign models, both men and women, disguise themselves as tourists ...

Myanmar migrant workers leave Thailand for general election back home

Thousands of Myanmar migrant workers have departed Thailand for their homeland with intent to go to the polls on the upcoming elections, police have said. The Myanmar migrants, currently hired as workers in Thai territory, have left for home from across Thai border areas such as ...

Laos exports 50,000 workers last fiscal year

Laos exported as many as 50,712 workers in the fiscal year that ended in September, including 27,176 females, official statistics show. Most of the workers obtained jobs in Thailand, while just over 50 people found employment in Japan, according to statistics from the Ministry of Labour ...

Side effects: AEC ‘could open drugs floodgates’

Police seized more than 54 kilograms of heroin and methamphetamine in the border province of Stung Treng in June – one of the biggest drug busts in the country’s history. Analysts caution that large drug busts like this will only become more common as Cambodia ...

Overstayers in Thailand face stiff re-entry bans

The Immigration Bureau has asked Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to exercise his special powers to issue a ban on foreigners found guilty of overstaying in Thailand from re-entering the country for one to 10 years. The move is aimed at cutting the number of illegal migrants ...

Deal struck for migrant workers in Thailand

Thailand has agreed to relax enforcement against expired documents held by migrant Cambodians, which become invalid when they switch jobs without their previous employer’s written consent. The agreement was reached on 19 October during a meeting between Cambodia’s ambassador to Thailand and Thailand’s director general of the Department ...

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