Informal migration for labor

Authorities redoubling efforts to legalise Lao workers in Thailand

All Lao workers who return home to register with the authorities will need to get work permits and passports from labour officials so they can legally work in Thailand. The Ministry of Labour and Social welfare recently ordered all its provincial departments to provide free ...

HRW to EU: End migrant abuse

Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the European Union (EU) to renew efforts to eliminate forced labour and other abusive treatment within the Thai fishing industry, noting that a large number of workers were from Cambodia and Myanmar. Keep reading ...

More than 800 illegal migrants arrested

More than 800 illegal migrant workers, who failed to apply for a work permit by June 30, have been arrested. []Out of 1,600 workplaces, 150 of them were found to be employing illegal alien workers. There are currently 1.1 million legal migrant workers who make up ...

ASEAN nations must talk so that their labourers can walk

Migration within Southeast Asia is expected to increase as the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) continues to promote freer movement of skilled workers across the region. Better labour mobility will help create a highly integrated and cohesive ASEAN economy. But there are barriers to migration within ...

Thousands of illegal migrant workers deported from Thailand

Poipet city, Banteay Meanchey province – The sound of vehicles and crowds were deafening across this bustling border town near the Poipet International Border Checkpoint yesterday. As a truck loaded with 40 people came to a stop at a migrant worker holding centre in the city, ...

Fears for 'stateless' Myanmar workers in Thailand as deadline looms

Thousands of Muslim migrant workers from Myanmar risk being fined and deported from Thailand after June 30, under a new law that campaigners say may increase abuse and trafficking. Under Thai regulations issued last year, migrant workers have until Saturday to register, using a Certificate ...

Cambodia and Thailand look to legalise migrants

The Cambodian labour minister met the Thai ambassador on Tuesday to discuss legalising undocumented Cambodian migrant workers in Thailand, as the deadline approaches for migrants in the neighbouring kingdom to be registered. Keep reading ...

Better Migration Systems Can Propel Thailand to Grow Faster

Thailand can strengthen its migration policies and systems to support sustained, innovation-driven growth, under its Thailand 4.0 strategy, experts concluded at a presentation of the recent World Bank report, Migrating to Opportunity: Overcoming Barriers to Labor Mobility in Southeast Asia today in Bangkok. Keep reading ...

World Bank report urges Thailand to revisit migrant worker policies to pursue 4.0 growth strategy

THAILAND is home to more than 55 per cent of the region’s migrant workers but if the country could back it up with proper policies, it could contribute to economic growth under the much-talked-about Thailand 4.0 strategy, according to a World Bank report. []Migrant workers in ...

Thailand tells illegal workers to leave

Thailand’s Labour Ministry has warned that all migrant workers who missed the March 31 deadline to register must return to their home countries, according to a Myanmar embassy official, who expressed concern that thousands of Myanmar workers might be affected by the order. Keep reading ...


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