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COVID-19 Impact on Migrant Workers in Thailand

— theme: Labour migration policy
— country: Thailand
— type: Reports

The partial lockdown of Bangkok and order by the Thai Interior Ministry to close 18 border points taking effect on March 23 triggered a mass exodus of migrant workers from Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos, with estimates ranging between 60,000 and 200,000 people having left the country. Few were able to practice social distancing in the crowded bus stations and border areas, raising fears of infection. The Myanmar and Cambodian embassies in Thailand are urging migrant workers to not return home in order to avoid spreading the virus. The Thai government initiated a state of emergency effective from March 26th to April 30th with most types of businesses closed, except for banks, hotels, healthcare facilities, factories, the postal service, and several others.

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