Thursday, 25 July 2013

Thai government extends migrant registration deadline

The National News Bureau of Thailand reports:
The Ministry of Labour is extending a deadline for undocumented migrant workers to become legal by 1 year.

The deadline extension applies to illegal foreign workers from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia whose paperwork was still being processed by relevant agencies.

Department of Employment chief Prawit Kiangpol said after a meeting chaired by Labour minister Chalerm Yubamrung that the panel agreed to extend the deadline for nearly 300,000 workers who were undergoing the registration process. The deadline previously approved by the cabinet is due to expire on August 11.

Due to an ongoing labour shortage in Thailand's growing fisheries industry, the committee has resolved to allow employers to register their foreign workers twice a year for 1 month. The proposal will be lined up for cabinet approval next week.

During the meeting, the panel also agreed to set up a working committee to study possibilities of granting visa to children of migrant workers who are under 15 years of age.

Thailand has an estimated 2.5 million migrant workers, mostly from Myanmar.

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