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Thais agree to wait to register immigrant workers

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Cambodia’s Minister of Labour Ith Samheng (left) shakes hands with his Thai counterpart Adul Sangsingkeo at a meeting in Bangkok on Friday. Supplied

The Thai government has agreed to wait six more months for Cambodians to complete their registration and issuance of work permits for those working in Thailand, the Ministry of Labour announced on Friday after the Labour Minister met with his Thai counterpart.

Both parties will create a technical working group to prepare the information technology system for managing Cambodians who want to work in Thailand.

Thai Labour Minister Adul Sangsingkeo was quoted in the Bangkok Post as saying that his ministry will ask the cabinet to allow the verification period to be extended by six months until the end of June next year for migrant workers from three countries.

It is estimated that about one million workers are still waiting for their verifications. Of them, about 450,000 workers are from Cambodia, 360,000 from Myanmar and 140,000 from Laos.

Cambodia’s Labour Minister Ith Samheng welcomed Pol Gen Adul’s idea to extend the deadline and said that Cambodia supports the Thai government’s efforts to speed up the process.

Both Cambodia and Thailand have provided travel documents and Overseas Cambodian Worker Cards to more than 170,000 Cambodians and there are about 420,000 more workers waiting to complete their cards and become legal in Thailand.

Those who have been allowed to work temporarily since August this year are required to complete their verification by December 31, while those with so-called “pink cards”, or temporary ID cards indicating they already have an employment history in Thailand, have until March next year to finish the process.

Full story in Monday’s paper.

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