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Final call for migrant workers to register

Labour Minister Pol General Adul Sangsingkeo has urged migrant workers from Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos to undergo nationality verification and official registration to work legally in Thailand before the One Stop Service (OSS) centres close on June 30.


Employment Department director-general Anurak Thossarat said on Friday there would be no further extension of the grace period. After June 30, illegal migrants and their employers would face heavy fines under the amended Decree Concerning the Management of Foreign Workers’ Employment 2017.

Nationality verification is still pending for 37,414 migrant workers – 30,122 Cambodians, 6,452 Lao and 840 Myanmar nationals – out of 134,491 workers left over from the first phase, Anurak said.

Nearly 95,000 workers – 61,295 Cambodians, 10,205 Lao and 22,157 Myanmar nationals – are to start registering at the OSS centres to be legalised.

Migrants working without a permit or outside permitted professions face fines ranging Bt5,000-Bt50,000, deportation and a two-year ban from applying for a work permit.

Their employers would be subjected to fines ranging from Bt10,000-Bt100,000 per worker.

Employers repeatedly violating the law could be jailed for up to one year and/or fined Bt50,000-Bt200,000 per worker and could also be prohibited from employing any migrants for three years.

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