Sunday, 3 August 2014

Analysis of post-coup migrant crackdown

(This is old, but I'm adding it for reference.)

"Ominous signs for migrant workers in Thailand," New Mandala, 15 June 2014
Prayuth Chan-Ocha declared his intention to move forward with SBEZs in his televised address to the nation on Friday, 30 May 2014, the rationale given: to prevent ‘illegal migrants from crossing into inner provinces of Thailand, thereby giving more work opportunities to Thai nationals’
"Prayuth, junta policy on migrant workers, and non-traditional threats to national security," Bangkok Pundit, 17 June 2014
Prayuth: "We have already proposed this to previous governments on how to restrict people from coming into the inner parts of the country, prevent illegal and criminal activities, including those relating to drugs. If we can keep these people around the borders on a daily work basis, then both migrant workers and the local people will benefit from jobs and earn enough income to provide for their families. I think it would help reduce the problems."

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