Labour Minister Reports Migrant Workers Applications of the Three Nationalities and Legal Action Against Illegal Workers

Labour Minister Mr. Suchart Chomklin reported the number of migrant worker applications from the three nationalities, following the Cabinets resolution on December 29, 2020. After closing the registration system at midnight on February 13, 2021, it appears that from January 15, 2021, a total of 654,864 migrant workers submitted their profile on the list. The workers must be screened for Covid-19 and store their personal identity data by April 16, 2021. He emphasized that after this date, officers will take legal action.

On February 14, 2021, at 11.00 hours, at the Chatumomgkol meeting room, 6th floor, Ministry of Labour, Labour Minister Mr. Suchart Chomklin disclosed the results of online application submissions for migrant workers, following the Cabinets resolution on December 29, 2020. The Labour Minister said that the government under the leadership of Prime Minister and Minister of Defense General Prayuth Chan-ocha, and the Ministry of Labour under the supervision of Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan, expressed concern about illegitimate migrant workers, especially those that had escaped from the fear of guilt, and the new wave of Covid-19 outbreaks among Thais and foreigners. Therefore, it was deemed appropriate to set up Covid-19 screening measures among migrant workers to control, stop, and prevent the spread of Covid-19 among migrant workers and allow migrant workers who have illegally entered the country to enter the working system correctly to resolve labour shortages. The measures promote employers and companies to efficiently drive various industries in several sectors, promoting the stability of the migrant workers’ database (Big Data), which captures information such as how many workers there are, who they are working with, and in what type of business. The mission was assigned to the Ministry of Labour’s Department of Employment and related agencies, following the Cabinets resolution on December 29, 2020, which approved to allow migrants of the three nationalities (Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar) to stay in the Kingdom and work legally under special circumstances of the new wave of Covid-19 outbreaks.

Mr. Suchart spoke about the number of work permit applications from migrants to the Registrar via online systems at the website e-workpermit.doe.go.th from January 15 to February 13. For the first group of migrant workers with an employer, a total of 133,910 employers applied through the system covering 596,502 migrant workers, comprising 180,476 Cambodian, 63,482 Laotian, and 352,544 Burmese workers. The second group of migrant workers with no employer had a total of 58,362 people apply, comprising 23,203 Cambodian, 3,626 Laotian, and 31,533 Burmese workers. The total is 654,864 people, including 203,679 Cambodian workers, 67,108 Laotian workers, and 384,077 Myanmar workers (information as of February 13, 2021, at 23.59 hours). The top five provinces that approved the list of migrants were Bangkok with 120,163 people, Chonburi with 47,326 people, Pathum Thani with 38,994 people, and Samut Prakan 37,621 people, and Samut Sakhon with 28,953 people. The top five types of businesses approved on the list of migrants were construction businesses with 148,332 people, agriculture and livestock with 117,430 people, food and beverages sales with 49,702 people, various services with 45,118 people, and downstream agricultural businesses with 39,025 people.

For the next step, the migrant workers must proceed as follows. In the case of migrants who have an employer, the worker must undergo Covid-19 screening (MOPH) and collect personal information (Immigration) by April 16, 2021, and check for the six prohibited diseases (MOPH) within October 18, 2021. The MOPH will share the disease examination results, and the Immigration Bureau will share the personal identity data for the Provincial Administrative Organization to issue a permit to allow the workers to continue to work. Employers can pay through counter services at 7-11 or Krung Thai Bank and submit the work permit application on behalf of migrants online, at the e-workpermit.doe.go.th website, attaching a medical certificate and proof of payment. They must print a request for the work permit application to prepare for a history registration within June 16, 2021. The employer must take the migrant workers to register their history (T.R. 38/1) and receive a pink card at the Department of Provincial Administration/Bangkok within December 30, 2021.

For migrant workers who do not have an employer, the worker must undergo Covid-19 screening (MOPH) and collect personal information (Immigration) by April 16, 2021, and check for the six prohibited diseases (MOPH) within October 18, 2021. Migrant workers who pass the disease test must register their personal history (T.R. 38/1) at the Department of Provincial Administration/Bangkok within June 16, 2021. Employers who wish to hire migrants who have registered their history (T.R. 38/1) and submit a list of migrant workers online via the e-workpermit.doe.go.th website, and pay for the application through counter services at 7-11 or Krung Thai Bank, and submit the work permit application on behalf of migrants online, at the e-workpermit.doe.go.th website, attaching a medical certificate and proof of payment. They must print a request for the work permit application to prepare for a history registration within September 13, 2021. The employer must take the migrant worker to update their history registration and receive identification cards for non-Thai citizens at the Department of Provincial Administration/Bangkok within February 28, 2022. Migrants working in sea fishing must make a seafarer’s book at the Department of Fisheries.

However, after today, officers will investigate and take serious legal action against smuggled migrants and illegal workers, which will be returned to their country of origin. Officers will also take legal action against employers/companies hiring illegal migrant workers.

 

Source: Ministry of Labour

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