All Units Urged to Prepare for Migrant Worker Returns During Songkran

Labour Minister General Sirichai Distakul chaired the Anti-Human Trafficking Subcommittee's meeting at the Prasong Rananant Conference Room, to follow up progress on action plans from the various units responsible for different areas. The meeting acknowledged and approved of the subcommittees progress in 2016, including its plan to resolve human trafficking and illegal labour issues this year, plans to comply with labour agreements between Thailand and the EU this year, as well as the working framework on zoning.

The Labour Minister has urged the Ministry of Interior, the subcommittee's secretariat, to drive the zoning plans and provide periodical reports in to ensure alignment and efficient operations with the EU, accelerating issues which were discussed, including the 2017 plans to resolve human trafficking and illegal labour, and agreements (on labour) between Thailand and EU, within the given timeframe. On the topic of migrant workers returning home, Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha has emphasized preventative measures to exploitation, where he has requested a report on potential issues to provide immediate resolution and plan for the workers returns to Thailand. The Department of Employment's Director-General Mr. Waranont Pitiwan said that 14,607 applications to return home have been submitted by Burmese, Cambodian and Laotian workers, with more expected to come by Monday (10 April), affirming that letters would be issued in time to the travelling workers.

Source: Ministry of Labour