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500,000 more migrant workers needed for recovery: Thai Chamber of Commerce

Khmer Times, Thailand, 13 July 2022 - Thailand is short more than half a million migrant workers, the Thai Chamber of Commerce said on Tuesday, as the economy struggles with a slow post-pandemic recovery. The country aims to bring in more workers from neighbouring countries, including Cambodia

Demand for workers is high in labour-intensive sectors including agricultural goods and food processing for exports, construction, and tourism and services, Poj Aramwattananont, vice chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, told a news conference.

“Today, workers are a big issue for driving the economy,” he said, adding the country would need a total of at least 3 million to 4 million migrant workers to get the economy moving forward.

Barriers to recruiting migrant workers include problems in their home countries such as civil unrest in Myanmar, and competition for workers from other countries like Japan and China, Poj said.

At present, there are about 2.5 million documented migrant workers from Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar, Pairoj Chotikasathien, head of the Labour Ministry’s Employment Department, told the conference.

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Source: https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501111809/500000-more-migrant-workers-needed-for-recovery-thai-chamber-of-commerce/

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