Thailand: 70,000 plus undocumented Myanmar workers deported; businesses face fine for hiring illegal migrants

Author: Zaw Zaw Htwe, Myanmar Times, Published on: 5 January 2019

"Thailand deported more than 70,000 Myanmar workers in 2018" 3 January 2019

Thailand deported over 70,000 undocumented Myanmar workers in 2018, the Myanmar labour attaché in Bangkok said in a statement....

Many of those deported voluntarily turned themselves into Thai immigration authorities in order to be transferred to the custody of the Myanmar government so their papers could be processed and their stay in Thailand legalised, the statement said.

...The labour attaché office said 246 of these workers were victims of human trafficking. 

Under Thai labour law, a foreign worker without a work permit faces a fine of 5000 (K239,181/US$155) to 50,000 baht, deportation, and a two-year ban from the kingdom. 

Businesses that hire illegal migrants face a fine of 10,000 to 100,000 baht for each one they hire.

 

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