Informal migration for labor

Police interview Lao 'slaves' over trafficking

Thirteen illegal Lao labour immigrants who were rescued from an alleged “slavery farm” in Nakhon Pathom are being treated as witnesses in a suspected human trafficking case. The immigrants, some as young as 15 years old, will not be charged with illegal entry into Thailand because they ...

Lao workers 'caged' in slave case

A bank manager has been charged after 12 Lao workers — some as young as 14 — were found enslaved and kept in cages on a farm outside Bangkok. The workers, aged between 14 and 25 years old, were found sleeping in small spaces framed by ...

Remittances to Ho Chi Minh City hit $2.42 bil in Jan-July

Overseas remittances to Ho Chi Minh City rose 12 percent year-on-year in the first seven months thanks partly to an increased interest in the property market from overseas Vietnamese, local media reported. Keep reading ...

Authorities charge Chinese man with illegally transporting Cambodians

Cambodian human trafficking authorities have charged a Chinese national with attempting to illegally transport 18 men to work in China in what one government official said was the first such case of trafficking Cambodian men to the country. Anti-human trafficking police, who are part of the ...

Myanmar migrants nickled and dimed in Thailand

Migrant rights groups have slammed the latest strategy to regularise undocumented Myanmar workers in Thailand as a money-making scheme. The current efforts to verify the Myanmar migrants and supply those eligible with passports has yet to even get under way, as the process is still mired in ...

Verification program begins but most migrants frozen out

Immigration teams from Myanmar have arrived in Thailand to conduct a long-awaited nationality verification process meant to regularise the status of over half a million workers caught in immigration limbo.  The current plan involves sending out newly arrived representatives from the labour ministry, immigration department and ...

Lao officials keen to send illegal foreign workers packing

Local officials have been promising for several years to send illegal foreign workers back home but so far this hasn’t happened. Director General of Labour Management Department of the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Mr Phongsaysack Inthalath spoke to Vientiane Times at a meeting in Vientiane ...

Thailand and Laos discuss anti-human trafficking campaign

Thai and international agencies have convened a meeting to discuss ways to bolster efforts against human trafficking along the border.    The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security’s Anti-Human Trafficking Division, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the non-governmental organisation Alliance Anti-Trafic met to discuss ...

In Myanmar, a rising exodus but no trafficking arrests

Tens of thousands of Rohingya have fled Rakhine since the start of the year, joining perilous journeys on the boats of human traffickers through the Bay of Bengal. But local officials say no one has been arrested for trafficking in the Myanmar state that supplies the ...

Migrant deadline passes in Thailand

Cambodian, Burmese and Laotian undocumented workers descended on Thailand’s one-stop service centres for visas and work permits before the closing deadline, as Thai authorities yesterday signalled a crackdown on illegal labour. More than 100,000 Cambodian workers in Thailand could face arrest and deportation after the deadline for ...

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