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Thailand Extends Visas for Migrant Workers until July 31

Benar News, Thailand, 2 June 2020 - The Thai cabinet on Tuesday approved visa extensions until July 31 for about 1 million migrant workers from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar to ease potential labor shortages as the country’s economy reopens.

During the coronavirus pandemic hundreds of thousands of the 2.8 million foreign workers in Thailand legally returned to their home countries after losing their jobs when their employers ran into economic hardships, according to NGOs and neighboring government officials. But about 1 million – many of whom are now unemployed or underemployed – were stranded in Thailand and could see their visas expire, making them illegal immigrants.

“The cabinet agreed to compromise and allow workers from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar to stay and work temporarily from June 1 until July 31 in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19,” government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat told reporters after a regular weekly meeting of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha’s cabinet.

In addition, the decision to allow the workers to remain in Thailand could “ease labor shortages for a better preparedness in restoring economy after the COVID issue subsides,” she said.

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Source: https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/thai/visas-extended-06022020170839.html

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