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Legal status in sight for workers in Thailand

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Migrant workers in Thailand can access legal papers this week. Supplied

Cambodian workers in Thailand will be able to collect legal documents to legitimise their presence in the country this week.

The Committee for Legalising Cambodian Workers Residing and Working in Thailand will begin issuing both travel documents and Overseas Cambodian Workers Cards under the ongoing 100-day campaign on the matter.

The campaign was created after the Thai government began a crackdown on illegal workers that led to a mass labour exodus.

According to a Cambodian Embassy statement, workers will be able to collect their documents from Thursday onwards.

“The official service price for providing the documents in one day is 2,350 baht (about $70). Workers can access the service in Bangkok, Rayong and Songkhla provinces,” the statement said.

It added that workers and children of workers under the age of 15 would be free of charge, given they provide birth certificates and photographs to get the documents. 

“Workers must provide their original Khmer identity card or birth certificate, a pink card or working card for fishermen, an address, phone number, and photo,” the announcement added.

More than 200,000 workers have already registered to receive the legal documents.

Officials will work from Monday to Saturday issuing the documents, from 10am to 6.30 pm in Bangkok, and from 8.30 am to 5pm in Rayong and Songkhla provinces.

Labour Minister Ith Samheng said last month that the government will send 360 officials to Thailand to help implement the 100-day campaign to give illegal migrant workers proper documents.

“Our officials will help arrange labour cards, travel cards and other legal documents for illegal Cambodian workers in Thailand,” he said.

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