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Crackdown: Cambodian migrant workers deported or fleeing Thailand

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:50 am

A relatively large number of Cambodian workers in Thailand have been deported since a new Thai law on work permits was passed, while others are returning home for fear of being arrested for working illegally.

Thailand deportations rise
30 June 2017
Repatriations from Thailand spiked this week, with the Kingdom’s western neighbour deporting almost a thousand irregular migrant workers back to Cambodia in the last two days, while some others will face Thai courts.

Chea Manith, director of the Poipet Transit Centre, said a total of 647 workers were deported on Wednesday because they were lacking work permits. She added that 42 migrant workers had been sent to Thai courts since June 22.

“The migrant workers said they’re mainly working in the construction and agriculture industries,” she said.

Sin Namyieng, a Poipet police officer, said that five trucks, each carrying 50 to 60 workers, were sent across the border yesterday, totalling 250 to 350 workers.
“Many of them came from the Chonburi and Saraburi provinces,’’ Namyieng said.

Chonticha Tang, programme officer at the Human Rights and Development Foundation Thailand, said in an email that the deportations formed part of a “widespread crackdown”, to which international pressure had contributed.

“I think you can say that international pressure, both [this week’s US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons] report and EU review, is a drive for this continuing and increasing effort in regulating migrant workers’ employment,” she said.

The EU had issued Thailand a yellow card for its fishing industry in 2015, putting it under stricter supervision.

“There are also flows of workers voluntarily leaving in fear of punishment,” Chonticha said.

International Organisation for Migration Programme Manager Kristin Dadey said this week’s numbers were much higher than the usual 100 to 200 deportees per day.

The deportations also come a few days after the passing of a new Thai Royal Ordinance, which imposes stricter punishments on undocumented and irregular migrant workers, their brokers and their employers. Irregular workers can face up to five years imprisonment and almost $3,000 in fines...
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Re: Crackdown: Cambodian migrant workers deported or fleeing Thailand

Post by saigonjackpot » Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:35 am

CEOCambodiaNews wrote:
Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:50 am
A relatively large number of Cambodian workers in Thailand have been deported since a new Thai law on work permits was passed, while others are returning home for fear of being arrested for working illegally.

Thailand deportations rise
30 June 2017
Repatriations from Thailand spiked this week, with the Kingdom’s western neighbour deporting almost a thousand irregular migrant workers back to Cambodia in the last two days, while some others will face Thai courts.

Chea Manith, director of the Poipet Transit Centre, said a total of 647 workers were deported on Wednesday because they were lacking work permits. She added that 42 migrant workers had been sent to Thai courts since June 22.

“The migrant workers said they’re mainly working in the construction and agriculture industries,” she said.

Sin Namyieng, a Poipet police officer, said that five trucks, each carrying 50 to 60 workers, were sent across the border yesterday, totalling 250 to 350 workers.
“Many of them came from the Chonburi and Saraburi provinces,’’ Namyieng said.

Chonticha Tang, programme officer at the Human Rights and Development Foundation Thailand, said in an email that the deportations formed part of a “widespread crackdown”, to which international pressure had contributed.

“I think you can say that international pressure, both [this week’s US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons] report and EU review, is a drive for this continuing and increasing effort in regulating migrant workers’ employment,” she said.

The EU had issued Thailand a yellow card for its fishing industry in 2015, putting it under stricter supervision.

“There are also flows of workers voluntarily leaving in fear of punishment,” Chonticha said.

International Organisation for Migration Programme Manager Kristin Dadey said this week’s numbers were much higher than the usual 100 to 200 deportees per day.

The deportations also come a few days after the passing of a new Thai Royal Ordinance, which imposes stricter punishments on undocumented and irregular migrant workers, their brokers and their employers. Irregular workers can face up to five years imprisonment and almost $3,000 in fines...
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/t ... tions-rise
The world should crack down on illegal Thais abroad send em all home.

Its only fair , Thais need to be taught a lesson that the light doesn't shine out there arseholes.
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Re: Crackdown: Cambodian migrant workers deported or fleeing Thailand

Post by phuketrichard » Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:00 am

" said a total of 647 workers were deported on Wednesday because they were lacking work permits. She added that 42 migrant workers had been sent to Thai courts since June 22."
ILLEGAL Cambodia workers.

Like i said before, there 700-800 legal migrant workers coming in everyday.

Please change ur title to reflect the difference!!!
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Re: Crackdown: Cambodian migrant workers deported or fleeing Thailand

Post by phuketrichard » Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:12 pm

Another negative effect of the new labor laws, since this affects EMPLOYERS not just employees.
Under the new penalties, deceiving that one can bring a foreigner to work without a work permit can incur a fine from B600,000 up to B1 million and from three to 10 years in prison, or both, for each foreign worker deceived.
Also, employers caught hiring foreigners to perform work in a forbidden position face fines of B400,000 to B800,000, and a possible fine of up to B400,000 per foreigner working in excess of work described in the work permit.
Myanmar workers from Phang Nga, Phuket and Krabi have coordinated with the centre for assistance. They say that because their employers are afraid of the new penalties, they have all been ‘dismissed’ and given money for the return trip.”
“Most of the workers were dismissed by employers for fear of being found guilty. Some say they have hidden in the jungle for many days out of fear, before coming to request assistance to go back.”
Read more at http://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-reg ... osGqQkT.99
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Re: Crackdown: Cambodian migrant workers deported or fleeing Thailand

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:40 pm

Migrant Workers Face Thai Military Crackdown
Thousands of Cambodians are flooding back from Thailand as its military government cracks down on migrant workers based on new foreign labor laws, escalating its enforcement from just using police officers to now enlisting the military, an official said on Sunday.
Thailand had previously accepted temporary “pink cards” that enabled Cambodians without passports or Thai visas to enter the country to work. An executive decree ordered by the Thai government on June 23, however, requires all foreign workers to have passports, visas and working permits, with both employers and employees facing heavy fines for violations, according to the Bangkok Post.

Political analyst Ou Virak said the Cambodians who have been pouring back into the country likely remember tough actions taken by the Thai junta in the past and were rightfully scared of a repeat.
“In previous crackdowns, they were trucked across the border, so why would they not like to come back on their own? They remember how they were treated back then,” he said...
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Re: Crackdown: Cambodian migrant workers deported or fleeing Thailand

Post by phuketrichard » Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:52 pm

this is also effecting Burmese;
and its the EMPLOYER that is firing the migrants and forcing them to leave,

PHUKET: At least 400 Burmese migrant workers in Phuket were sent back home yesterday morning after their employers terminated them as a consequence of draconian new labor laws.
The new law, according to which employers will be fined 400,000-800,000 baht for hiring migrant workers for ‘forbidden’ jobs (that is, jobs reserved for Thais only) and/or without a permit, was enforced on June 23.


However, the government has announced that enforcement of the law will be deferred for 120 days to allow time for all concerned parties to comply with the new requirements.

The announcement led to many migrant workers in Phuket, Krabi, and Phang Nga being fired. The workers then gathered at the Baan Srichumpaban Foundation in Phuket to ask for help in getting back home.

“We believe that this is just a small percentage of the illegal migrant workers in Phuket. The actual number is closer to 10,000. They still have a chance to come clean,” said Gov Norraphat.

Last week, The Nation reported that the new labor law has already caused tens of thousands of Cambodian and Myanmar migrant workers nationwide to leave Thailand from various border checkpoints in a bid to obtain proper documents in their home towns before re-entering the Kingdom for work.
http://www.phuketgazette.net/phuket-new ... ad-image-0

PS; ALL the Cambodians that i saw at Aryunphet in may at the migrant workers office, had full legal passports.

This is another case of the thai government knowing what needs to be done to clean up the mess, but fucking it up instead cause of trying to do a quick fix. :facepalm:

PS it is NOT that hard for a migrant to be legal; obtain a 2 year Non L-A migrant visa, wp an health card. Plenty of agents in Poi Pet /Kwathoung will assist them if they want
All they need is an employer wiling to assist with the correct paperwork.

The two biggest problems are;
1. the thai employer not willing to pay the correct 300 baht/day minimum salary and give them correct paperwork so they can obtain a wp and health card and
2. working with the shifty Cambodian/Burmese agents lying to the migrants.
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Re: Crackdown: Cambodian migrant workers deported or fleeing Thailand

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:03 pm

Latest news:
120-day grace period confirmed for migrant workers
3 July at 18:59
The government's foreign labour committee resolved to propose to the National Council for Peace and Order a 120-day grace period for employers and migrant workers to abide by the new foreign labour decree, which imposes heavy fines on illegal foreigner employment.

After the meeting of the committee chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon at the Labour Ministry on Monday, Labour Minister Sirichai Distakul said that the committee would propose Prime Minister and NCPO chief Prayut Chan-o-cha exercise authority under Section 44 of the 2014 interim constitution to allow the grace period as a temporary relief.

The committee made the decision after some labour-intensive businesses faced sudden labour shortages after the law took effect on June 23. Employers have rejected illegal migrant workers who had to travel back to their homeland because of heavy fines of 400,000-800,000 baht per worker under the new law, which also penalises inconsistencies involving employers' names, workplaces or types of work in work permits...
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Re: Crackdown: Cambodian migrant workers deported or fleeing Thailand

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:38 pm

According to this report, the Thai and Cambodian governments have reached an agreement to allow Cambodian nationals to continue working in Thailand if they have a work permit. However, their working conditions seem to have become more restrictive, as workers may not change employers and have been warned not to take too many days off [if they wish to continue working in Thailand presumably.]
The spokesman reported that a compromise between Cambodia and Thai government had been reached.
In the agreement, the decision was made to allow Cambodian workers already in possession of work permits to stay and work in Thailand, but they may not change employers.

“Thailand has issued a new law that applies to foreign workers from Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Bangladesh. However, the Thai favors Cambodia by allowing laborers with work permits to stay and work legally there. The Thais suggests that Cambodian workers do not change jobs or take many days off," said Sour.

He added that the Thais appreciate the Cambodian worker's hard work and committed to promoting the legitimacy of those Cambodian workers with a working permit.
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Post by phuketrichard » Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:45 am

any migrant worker in possession of a wp has a 2 year L-A visa
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Re: Crackdown: Cambodian migrant workers deported or fleeing Thailand

Post by phuketrichard » Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:39 am

Next weeks news;
Thai construction and fishing industries collapse as no no one around to do the work :beer3:

....Tens of thousands of workers have fled Thailand, most of them for homes in neighboring Myanmar, immigration officials said on Monday, after new labor regulations adopted by the military government sparked fear and panic among the migrant community.
About 60,000 workers left between June 23 and 28, and the number has risen since, an Immigration Bureau official said.

“They were of all nationalities, but the biggest group was from Myanmar,” Deputy Commissioner Pornchai Kuntee told Reuters. “They are probably very scared.”

Following news of the exodus, Thailand on Friday promised a 120-day delay in enforcing parts of the decree, including fines that can range up to 800,000 baht (US$23,557) for employers who hire unregistered foreign workers without permits.
Geta Devi, 28, a Myanmar worker based in Bangkok, the Thai capital, said some of her friends panicked after hearing about the decree.

“They went back to Myanmar,” she added.
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