Exodus as thousands of workers leave Thailand

Exodus - Now, who is going to replace them at the farms, factories and construction sites.

Thousands of Myanmar & Cambodian workers left Thailand on Friday via border checkpoints after being driven out of the country by new, strict employment regulations.

Reports reveal that 2500 were sent back to their homeland by Thai employers worried about hefty fines that the new law on foreign workers imposes. Another 2000 have been arrested and awaiting deportation for working without permits.

Taking effect from June 23, the Royal Ordinance on Foreign Workers Management threatens to fine an employer at least Bt400,000 per each illegal worker he or she hires.

“I don’t know why Thailand has decided to impose such heavy penalty,” a Myanmar official said on condition of anonymity as Myanmar authorities extend help to these desperate workers.

Hundreds of food boxes were handed out for free to help these migrants cope.

The official said, “I think such tough law runs against the Thai government’s policies to promote trade and investments”.

Muang Zhor, 25, lamented that he had paid a Bt3,000 brokerage fee but lost money for nothing.

Update – Thailand forced to reverse labor law as workers pour out of the country

“I was supposed to start working for a factory. But when I arrived there, the factory owner said he did not dare hiring me in the face of tough law,” he said.

Meanwhile factories, farms and construction sites across the country lay dormant as employers struggle to find replacement labour for manual work that Thais refuse to engage in. – BangkokJack News Team

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  • who is going to do that work now.

  • Thailand kicked them all out before and then 2 days later they wanted them all back!!

  • thailand obviously assumes it has more than enough skills without those pesky foreigners hogging any jobs ..yeah rite!!!!!!!

  • Just Yesterday the Thai newspapers where reporting that many different ministries where already going crazy and demanding an emergency summonses of the cabinet to review the military’s decree.

    • the thing is…Thai companies do not like paying salaries….so employ immigrants at low wage…which makes them richer. .thais won’t work hard labour for low money as we no..so really the complaint is….we will have to up the salary to get the work done…and the rich somchoi don’t won’t that….keep poor people poor….that’s there motto…

  • F*** ME … Does that mean the Thais have to get their arses and work for a living ?????

  • That means there will be nobody left to collect the rubber that is not being collected anyway, as the price is so low, or harvest the pineapples that aren’t being harvested anymore, because the price is too low, or fish the gulf, because there aren’t any fish left out there to fish. I see a pattern developing.

  • how many left with out being paid…

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  • That’s the way Thailand send them back cashless, desperate, starving ready to come back as drug couriers because they don’t have any other choice.

  • This is how brexit will play out. No more pesky EU foreigners to harvest the fields. Never mind it’s the EU peeps that brexiteers whinged about but there is an abundant supply of Syrians, Afghans and Africans to do the job.

  • latest news … Government U-turn (AGAIN) …… see if the illegal workers return