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Immigration rules led me to attempt suicide, says long term Belgian expat

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

10 minutes after we left the station, I had to ask the driver to stop and let me out. I was in full panic attack mode.

so you disintegrated ? 

how did you get home in such a state ? 

Did you receive help from some one ?

Knowing you had this condition, would you not use your brain to try and sort out your medical condition by contacting family , embassy, local hospital ,police 

self help yourself before blaming the system.

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1 hour ago, Kwasaki said:

Out of interest what are rules of stay there if you know, it may help some.

Plenty of jungle to hide there :whistling:

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There's always sad stories when humans mass migrate, this time expats out of Thailand.

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If I remember well, before these new rules on overstay arrived,

Thai Immigration gave a delay of several months for people in overstay

to leave while paying the 20'000 B fine, but without ban.

People doing so were able to come back immediately and are probably still here today.

Waiting and hiding - the choice of the person in the OP - was absolutely not a wise one...

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3 hours ago, darksidedog said:

I somehow suspect that the number of sad stories related to immigration issues are likely to rise dramatically in the next year or so. Genuine medical issues aside, there are undoubtedly many out there right now experiencing anxiety or worse over the current situation.

I guess they could have raised the bhat amount to one million then there would have been some real moaning and groaning

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21 minutes ago, DrTuner said:

There's always sad stories when humans mass migrate, this time expats out of Thailand.

Doubt very seriously there will be that many other than a few of the complainers here the people I talk to are making adjustments.

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2 hours ago, KhunFred said:

Odd, how the term "loser" is always defined as a person who does not make enough in his home country and is doing quite well in a country with a lower cost of living.

The use of the term loser goes beyond the financial characteristic. It just so happens that the characteristic of loser in Thailand includes those who live  hand to mouth.  The issue of cost of living has been discussed many times over the years, and I don't know about you, but my cost of living in Thailand is as high as it would be in my home country. I maintain a similar quality of life and  the reality is that it costs money.  It's not much of a life  living in a hot stinky fan room, eating 7-11 hot dogs and  Mama noodles. It is not unreasonable to term such people losers. Perhaps, they are winners to you and that's your perspective. 

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4 hours ago, RotBenz8888 said:

Sadly, many with psychiatric disorders "escape" to Thailand but only end up getting worse.

Don't think the immigration will change due to any sad stories. Rather the contrary, they're on the right track.

In hunting expats away, and the country losing a lot of foreign funds coming in, yes, they are on the right track.

Coupled with the nearly daily razzias, the ever more difficult rules and regulations, yes, other countries will step in gladly.

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so he screwed up his legitimacy to stay in Thailand and then he screwed up his suicide... am I the only one that see's a pattern here?

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49 minutes ago, balo said:

He is 38 years old , what was he doing in Thailand in the first place?  No work by the sound of it. So he is receiving some sort of welfare money from Belgium ?  Clearly a mental case who should get help in his home country , not Thailand.

 

If he is homeless in Belgium it is his own fault. Last time I checked Belgium offer free accommodation and healthcare to people in need.  

Well, maybe you look again?

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5 minutes ago, hansnl said:

Well, maybe you look again?

https://www.brussels.be/homeless

https://www.brussels.be/winter-plan-homeless

 

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"Homeless people can call the free number 0800 99 340.

Samusocial offers homeless shelter during the winter. Every evening, about 1,000 people can find shelter when it is very cold. This care includes rooms, sanitary furniture, psychosocial and medical aid and a restaurant room (hot meals and breakfast).

Every evening, mobile teams also provide assistance to city dwellers on the streets of the Brussels Capital Region."

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

"I understand the need to enforce immigration laws. But immigration officers should have the discretion to take personal situations into account"

Well, they do have that discretion, but you'd need to use an agent to 'persuade' them to use their discretion.

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4 hours ago, darksidedog said:

there are undoubtedly many out there right now experiencing anxiety or worse over the current situation.

For some specific reasons in my case, I turned out to be one of them...

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