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State urged to speed up return of migrants

Bangkok Post, Thailand, 12 November 2021 - The private sector is calling on the government to speed up allowing the entry of vaccinated migrant workers under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to be signed with neighbouring countries.

Tanit Sorat, vice-chairman of the Employers' Confederation of Thai Trade and Industry, said the government should allow vaccinated workers from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia under an MoU to enter Thailand within this month instead of December.

"Demand for foreign labour is soaring right now after the country's reopening on Nov 1," he said. "The growth of exports and imports also resulted in a drastic shortage of unskilled workers."

Mr Tanit said the joint meeting between the Labour Ministry and related agencies recently agreed to postpone the MoU for vaccinated foreign workers from the three neighbouring countries to December.

"The MoU should be signed and implemented within this month because the screening procedure for vaccinated workers takes time," he said.

According to Mr Tanit, the Employers' Confederation has proposed employers take charge of providing vaccines for foreign workers and subsidise costs incurred from quarantine measures for 14 days before they start working.



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