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Migrants key to pandemic rebuild

Bangkok Post, Thailand, 22 December 2021 - Migrant workers, living and working in Thailand, must be included in the response and recovery of the Covid-19 pandemic. For that to happen, ensuring equitable and inclusive access to social protection, including health care, for all migrant workers is required.

In Thailand, as in other countries worldwide, the pandemic has reassured us of the importance of social protection to mitigate the health and socio-economic impacts of the pandemic, whilst simultaneously serving as a wake-up call to address the significant gaps in coverage and accessibility, especially for vulnerable groups like migrant workers.

Thailand is a regional migration hub and destination country for an estimated 3.9 million migrant workers from Cambodia, Lao's People Democratic Republic, Myanmar and Vietnam. Constituting over 10% of the total labour, their work is thought to contribute between 4.3 and 6.6% of Thailand's Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The Royal Thai government has made a continued effort to expand access to comprehensive social protection coverage to many regular migrant workers.



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