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MIGRANT WORKERS TO ENTER THAILAND, GET VAXXED UNDER NEW MOU

Khaosod, Thailand, 11 November 2021 - Facing labor shortage, the labor ministry said it will soon sign new agreements to allow job seekers from neighboring countries to enter Thailand again and get vaccinated upon their arrival.

Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin said the authorities have prepared “400,000 to 500,000” doses of COVID-19 vaccine for the migrant workers. Suchart said the movement of migrant workers from Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos will resume after Thailand signs new MOUs with those countries.

Suchart told reporters that migrant workers entering Thailand under the MOUs will be subject to coronavirus testing and mandatory 14-day quarantine, during which they will be vaccinated. He did not mention who will bear the cost of the quarantine facilities.

The minister added that the agreement may come into effect “from next month.”

Officials have vowed to crack down on people smugglers and illegal job brokers in a bid to reduce the number of migrants crossing into the kingdom illegally. Police said nearly 11,000 people were arrested for their involvement in smuggling and trafficking operations, compared to just 1,456 during the same period last year.

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Source: https://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/crimecourtscalamity/2021/11/11/migrant-workers-to-enter-thailand-get-vaxxed-under-new-mou/

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