Influx of alien workers in Thailand may threaten job availability for Thais

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Director General of the Department of Employment Mr. Pravit Khiengpol says Thais may find it more difficult to find jobs as an influx of alien workers continue to enter Thailand.

According to the Director, the numbers of both legal and illegal migrants working in the Kingdom are on the rise. The Department is worried that new graduates as well as those still unemployed will find it difficult to find jobs at present.

To combat this issue, the Department of Employment will proceed with identifying nationalities of all foreign workers from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia and will repatriate those who have been in Thailand illegally.

There are currently 300,482 migrant workers who have not had their nationalities proven. Out of this number, 247,345 are from Myanmar, 27,793 from Laos and 25,374 from Cambodia. The Director General said some of them may not want to reveal their nationalities.

Many of them have now registered their employments in Thailand for the second time following the Cabinet’s instruction since April 26th last year while some have returned to their home countries.

Mr. Pravit is also urging employers of legal migrant workers whose work permits are going to expire by the end of this month to renew their work permits and declare their nationalities at the Employment Office Bangkok in areas 1-10 or at the provincial Employment Office across Thailand before February 28th, 2012.


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