Informal migration for labor

ASEAN integration will prompt ‘flood of migrants’

A senior investigator at rights group Adhoc has warned that regional economic integration will lead to a flood of Cambodians migrating elsewhere in search of jobs that pay better than those at home. Keep reading ...

Almost 2,000 deported from Cambodia so far this year: report

Nearly 2,000 people have been deported from Cambodia – the vast majority of them Vietnamese – in the first nine months of 2015, according to new government figures. From January through September, 1,919 people were expelled from the Kingdom, a report issued by the General Department ...

Cambodian migrant workers demand passports, money

About 50 migrant workers who were part of a group that was abandoned at the Thai border by a recruitment agency last week gathered outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on 29 September to ask for the return of their passports and the fees they paid ...

Malaysia, Thailand agree to build border wall amid trafficking woes

Malaysia and Thailand have agreed to build a wall along their common border next year amid growing concerns about human trafficking. The 640-kilometer Malaysia-Thailand border has long been the site of transnational crime, including the rampant smuggling of weapons, drugs, and people. Keep reading ...

Child workers in Thai seafood industry face hazards, injuries - report

Children employed in Thailand’s seafood processing industry are more exposed to workplace hazards such as fire or gas, and twice as likely to be injured than minors working in other industries, experts said on 14 September. Under Thai law, the minimum age of employment is 15 ...

After the exodus, suffering in the village

In the small village of Moung Thbon, which sits at the intersection of western Siem Reap and Banteay Meanchey provinces, 100 kilometres from the Thai border, Ruon is now responsible for taking care of her mother, running the small family business, tending their rice fields ...

Thai PM: Migrant workers’ dependents to be barred in 2017

Thailand will prohibit family members from joining migrant workers coming to Thailand from neighbouring countries beginning in 2017, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said 4 September. He hinted that health insurance and education costs for non-working spouses and children of foreign workers was creating a burden on government ...

New group formed to help Cambodian migrant workers in Thailand

A group of Cambodians in Thailand have formed an association to provide legal aid to the country’s Cambodian factory workers, saying the workers risk abuse due to their lack of proper documentation and knowledge of labour laws. Keep reading ...

UNHCR calls for action ahead of ‘sailing season’

Just four months after crackdowns on human smuggling routes precipitated a regional crisis, the United Nations is urging countries to prepare for another wave of boats when monsoon storms lull. Each year Muslims from Rakhine State and impoverished Bangladeshis pack onto smuggling vessels and undertake arduous, ...

Vietnamese laborers flock to China, Laos to work illegally despite issues

According to statistics from Vietnam’s Lao Cai province’s department of labor, invalids and social affairs, every year about 4,000 laborers leave the province for China. Quang Van Tinh, who lives in Muong Ang district’s Bung Lao commune, still feels angry when recalling his time in China. After ...

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