Category Archives: Migration Policy in Thailand

Thai fishing industry wants up to 60,000 Myanmar workers

Thailand will recruit 60,000 Myanmar workers to fill jobs in its fishery industry, Thai Labour Minister Adul Sangsingkeo told reporters during visit to Nay Pyi Taw on Thursday.

“Our labour requirement in the fishing industry is 60,000. I came here to get help,” he said on the sidelines of a meeting with his Myanmar counterpart to discuss ways to strengthen protection of Myanmar migrant workers in the kingdom.

He said the plan to recruit Myanmar workers would be drawn up after the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two countries on the protection of fishery workers.

The two sides also discussed enhancing the two counties’ relations and cooperation, finding ways to legally send money back to Myanmar, assisting and caring for Myanmar seasonal workers and domestic workers in Thailand, and the safe repatriation of Myanmar illegal workers in the kingdom.

Myanmar Labour Minister U Thein Swe said the government wants to ensure that Myanmar fishermen have legal protection before sending them to Thailand.

Detailed discussions on the issue will be led by Thailand’s deputy secretary of Labour and Myanmar’s director general of Labour, Immigration and Population, said U Thein Swe.

More than 40,000 Myanmar citizens work in Thai fishing and more than 45,000 in related industries. Another 58,741 Myanmar work in marine product factories.


Source: Myanmar Times
Written by: PYAE THET PHYO
Published on August 21, 2018

Thai gov’t raises awareness of labor rights in seafood sector

Thailand’s ministry of labor organized a series of meetings to promote better awareness of regulations on employment contracts and wage payments in the fisheries sector, part of a regulation in place since April 3.

This comes after NGO Human Rights Watch sent a letter to EU officials in July, claiming the Thai government has failed to address widespread labor rights abuses. Also, Thai fishing boat operators have threatened to stop going out to sea to catch fish if the government does not amend the rules.

Since February 2018, five meetings have been held in 22 coastal provinces, such as Trang, Samut Songkram, Songkhla, Petchaburi, and Samut Sakhon, with a total of 928 participants.

“The meetings were aimed at promoting legal practices and cooperation among stakeholders, as well as to ensure that laborers will be entitled to protection and benefits according to the law,” according to a statement from the Thai government.

The main focus of the meetings is to make the main points of the new regulation, which include the obligations that an employer:

  • Record the documents relating to the payment of wages and overtime pay in Thai and keep them available at the workplace for inspection by labor inspectors
  • Make correct payments within an agreed timeframe at least once a month;
  • Make a monthly payment to employees according to the daily minimum wage multiplied by 30 days
  • Make the wage payment via bank transfer

“Moreover, an employer engaging in overseas fishing shall install communication or satellite devices to facilitate messaging services not lower than one megabyte per person per month, in order for all crew to have access to communications and contact with authorities or their families at all times, the cost of which is to be borne by the employer,” the government said.

Thailand’s labor ministry has also cooperated with the International Labour Organization to publicize material on labor rights, providing basic information on proper wage payments and working hours, safety and hygiene at work, union organizing rights, and complaints-lodging channels.

They also provide the instructions on how to use the automated teller machines, 81 of which have been installed in the 22 coastal provinces, according to the statement.

The information is available in the form of leaflets and video clips that can be accessed via the QR code as shown on the leaflets, and, apart from the Thai version, are also translated into English, Myanmar, and Cambodian languages in order to truly reach out to all migrant workers, the government said.
Source: Undercurrent news
Published on August 14, 2018

A thousand labourers deported from Thailand

A thousand labourers deported from Thailand

Some 1,000 Cambodian workers who failed to meet the deadline to legalise their work documents in Thailand have been deported since July 1, said officials at the Poipet border at Banteay Meanchey province.

Provincial Labour Department director Ros Sarom said officials had issued legal documents to most Cambodians working in Thailand before July.

“The word undocumented or illegal worker does not exist anymore. For example, those who remain illegally are workers brought into Thailand by agents, if they are arrested each worker could face a fine of up to 800,000 riel and they will be deported.

“Undocumented workers will face stern action from the Thai government and Thailand has clearly announced that all Khmer and Vietnamese workers must be documented in order to work in the country. If undocumented workers are arrested, we cannot help them,” he said.

Pi Somnok, deputy human trafficking officer of the Anti-Human Trafficking Office of the provincial police, said the number of Cambodian returnees fluctuates – ranging from 20 workers to 100 workers a day.

“Migrant workers return home to obtain legal documents so they can go back to Thailand to work. There are cases where (Cambodian) workers are arrested by Thai officials and deported, and sometimes they (Cambodians) approach Thai officials to send them home,” said Somnok.

Last year, the Thai government issued an order to all migrant workers to obtain legal documents by June 30, so that they can work legally in the Kingdom. This was part of the government’s effort to weed out illegal workers.


Source: Phnom Penh Post

Published on 14 August, 2018

Written by: Kong meta


Police charge 156 under migrant workers laws

Police charge 156 under migrant workers laws


AUTHORITIES have taken legal action against 156 employers, nearly 10 per cent of those checked by police, for alleged offences related to migrant workers between July 1 and July 15.

Over the same period, 816 migrant workers were arrested on related offences.

Police have formed 113 teams to inspect employers after the latest registration and nationality-verification period for  migrant workers expired at the end of June. “More checks will be conducted,” Employment Department director-general  Anurak Tossarat revealed the other day.
He said during the first half of July, 119 employers were charged with hiring migrants who had no work permits or for jobs not allowed by their work permits.  If convicted, these employers will be liable to a fine of between Bt10,000 and Bt100,000 for each migrant they had hired.  Over the same period, other employers were charged with sheltering illegal migrants. If convicted, they will be fined up to Bt50,000 and punished with a jail term of up to five years.  Several employers were also charged with sheltering migrant workers without informing applicable authorities. This offence is punishable by a fine up to Bt2,000.

Anurak added that 687 illegal migrant workers were arrested on charges of working without a work permit between July 1 and July 15.

“This offence is punishable [under a foreign-labour law] by a fine ranging between Bt5,000 and Bt50,000. After paying the fine, the migrants are deported. They will also be barred from seeking a work permit from Thailand for the next two years,” he said.

Some migrants were also arrested for being in Thailand illegally, Anurak said. This offence is punishable by a fine of up to Bt20,000 and a jail term of up to two years.

As well, those overstaying their visa, will be fined Bt5,000, Anurak said.

Source: The Nation
Published on August 6, 2018

Almost 100 Myanmar migrant workers with fake visas detained in Thailand

Almost 100 Myanmar migrant workers with fake visas detained in Thailand


Approximately 100 Myanmar migrant workers have been found holding fake visas in Thailand, said Labour Attaché San Maung Oo of Myanmar embassy to Thailand.

Ninety-seven Myanmar migrant workers were found holding fake visas in Thailand while Thai immigration service personnel were making checks on them during June and July. Thai authorities have continued making checks.

“Thai authorities made checks on Myanmar migrant workers. It is called one year non-immigration visa. They have visas. It gives 90 days to stay. If 90 days are up, go to present a report. When they go to present reports, their visas are faked. A number of Myanmar migrant works holding the fake visas are 97 in total. Therefore, our two countries are planning to reveal those making fake visas,” said Labour Attaché San Maung Oo.

The Thai government has started launching an inspection of illegal foreign migrant workers since July 1. A large number of Myanmar migrant workers were arrested.

The Thai immigration law already stated how to take actions against those who are undocumented or those with wrong documents and those with incomplete documents. No employer has been arrested. It is like as usual. There is no employer who wants to be arrested. They clear their cases giving money to officials. Only the employees who can’t afford have been arrested, said Moe Gyo.

Fake visas are taking place the most at Thailand-Myanmar border gates. The fake visas came from the brokers of the visa.

Except visa on arrival, the remaining kinds of visas can be applied at Thai Embassy to Myanmar by holding passports. But at the border gate, no need to go to Yangon. Visa is available at the border gate. It takes only one day if a passport is given. Brokers act it. Fake visas appear because of the brokers, said San Maung Oo.

Myanmar migrant workers holding the fake visas have been kept in the detention camps for further inspection.

In-charge U Soe of JACBA confirmed that the Thai authorities arrested 60 Myanmar migrant workers early this morning. According to the existing law of Thailand, those holding fake visas might receive a six-month imprisonment.


Source: The Nation
Published on August 4, 2018

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