Thailand may gain from virus-led migration – BoT

The massive labour migration Thailand experienced during the first wave of Covid infections last year may present an opportunity to modernise the country’s agricultural sector and develop outlying regions of the country, according to a Bank of Thailand (BoT) study.

“This is a rare opportunity for such a big migration of modern workers, who have knowledge and technology, to return to their hometowns,” Saovanee Chantapong of the BoT’s Macroeconomics Department and Warit Tassanasunthornwong of Thammasart University wrote in a report published on the central bank’s website Tuesday. “They will be a key driving force to create value added for the agricultural sector, as well as develop agricultural and health tourism.”

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