Informal migration for labor

Thailand extends contracts of over 200,000 migrant workers

The Thai Cabinet’s recent decision to extend employment contracts for over 200,000 migrant workers has eased concerns about a domestic labour shortage.Poj Aramwattananont, Vice Chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce and President of the Labour and Skill Development Committee, said based on discussions held ...

Thailand in top 10 for expats

Thailand has moved into the top 10 among the best countries for expatriates, rising to 8th place from 14th last year in the Expat Insider 2022 survey by InterNations.The world’s largest expat community with more than 4 million members, Berlin-based InterNations surveyed expat life in ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Govt urged to cut labour import cost

Businesses have appealed to the Labour Ministry to reduce the expenses involved in importing migrant workers and shore up labour shortages.Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin said so far labour imports via the memorandum of understandings (MoU) signed with neighbouring countries have missed their targets.Many business owners ...

Penchan Charoensuthipan

Migrant workers in times of Covid-19: An empathetic disaster response for Myanmar workers in Thailand

During disasters, the needs of migrants, especially undocumented labors, are often overlooked as states tend to prioritize their own citizens. During the Covid-19 pandemic, migrant workers faced further anxiety and stigma. Thailand’s civil society played an important role in assisting migrant workers during the pandemic ...

Govt vaccination website opens for foreigners

A health ministry website on Monday afternoon began accepting registrations in English from foreigners living in Thailand who want vaccination against Covid-19 disease.The Public Health Ministry launched its updated version of www.thailandintervac.comThe website had been previously used for diplomatic staff in Thailand to apply for ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

In Migrant Worker Hub, Thailand Sees a Rare Coronavirus Surge

After a year in which it has mostly kept the coronavirus under control, Thailand has seen a sudden alarming spike in coronavirus infections. On December 20, Thai health authorities announced a record 689 infections, including 516 cases announced the day before.That is by far the ...

Businesses urged to delay hiring immigrant labour to avoid Covid-19 danger

The Ministry of Public Health has asked entrepreneurs to delay hiring immigrant workers from areas where Covid-19 is spreading until the situation improves.Dr Sophon Iamsirithaworn, Department of Disease Control director of General Communicable Diseases, said recently that the Myanmar government had announced curfew hours from ...

The Nation Reporter

Govt sets conditions to protect Thai labourers going abroad from Covid-19

Measures will be in place to protect Thai labourers who travel for work to Sweden and Finland from Covid-19, the Department of Employment (DOE) said.Department director-general Suchat Pornchaiwiseskul said that Finnish and Swedish employers needed more labour from Thailand for wild fruit collection. Also, numerous ...

The Nation Reporter

Migrants take hardest virus hit

Migrant workers in the kingdom have been hit hard by the economic impact of Covid-19.The pandemic has affected the lives of millions around the world. The global death toll is over 348,000 and more than 5.6 million people have been infected.Those not directly affected by ...

Penchan Charoensuthipan

Human Rights Watch says Thailand should free detained migrants

A significant number of migrants in Thailand’s Songkhla immigration detention centre have the coronavirus and the Human Rights Watch is saying all them should be free due to the dangers of the coronavirus pot the other detainees.In an article urging the release of the migrants, ...

Caitlin Ashworth

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