CHIANG MAI, THAILAND – Migrant workers stuck in Thailand since the COVID – 19 lockdown began in March are facing unclear immigration status and mounting bills even as the government provides some aid for unemployed laborers in the country.
Aid workers say more information and less complications by both the Thai and Myanmar governments would be a good step forward.
Labor shortage loomsMany migrant workers have filed claims with labor advocate organizations, citing substandard treatment and unfair pay, based on their nationality.
But that stance has shifted somewhat as Thailand’s economic recovery plan will need to include the migrant work force, which makes up about 4 million workers in the country.
According to the Thai Nation newspaper, some 1,500 migrant workers per day were reportedly returning to Myanmar in recent weeks.