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20,000 migrant Lao workers register with Thai authorities

The Star, Laos, 24 May 2022 - Improved cooperation between Lao and Thai labour authorities has enabled Thailand’s labour ministry to register almost 20,000 undocumented Lao migrant workers.

Lao nationals working in Thailand have encountered difficulties in getting information about proper registration with Thai authorities because of the Covid-19 outbreak, which has slowed their registration on the Thai government’s books, labour officials say.

However, Lao labour authorities expect the registration process to move at a faster pace following an employment cooperation agreement between the two countries.

Over the next month, labour authorities in both Laos and Thailand will do more to register and provide assistance to Lao workers in Thailand who do not have legal documentation, following an announcement on the matter by the Prime Minister’s Office.

Officials from Laos’ Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare plan to go to Thailand to help register and formalise the status of Lao workers in the country.

In the meantime, Thailand’s government will allow undocumented migrant workers from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar to work in the country legally.



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