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Cambodian migrant workers in Thailand limbo can stay until November

A photo shows a mass exodus of migrants returning home for Khmer New Year. Khmer Times

Migrant workers from Cambodia and other neighbouring countries will be allowed to overstay and work in Thailand until November due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Thai government said.

Suchat Pornchaiwiseskul, director-general of the Department of Employment, said the cabinet decided that labourers from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar who are already legally working in Thailand, but are in limbo, can overstay and work until November.

Mr Suchat said the workers can stay until Nov 30 without being fined for overstaying as the department abruptly halted services and applications on March 31.

There are about two million Cambodian migrant workers in Thailand both legal and illegal, according to the Ministry of Labour. Of these, between 60,000 and 80,000 have made their way across the border before the Khmer New Year period. Bangkok Post

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