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Thai authorities have prepared to welcome back migrant workers from Cambodia as Thailand is moving into phase 7 of its Covid-19 lockdown easing, the Pattaya Mail has reported. Under the next phase of reopening, migrant workers from Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos will be allowed to enter Thailand to work under disease control regulations.

 

At Aranyaprathet border crossing in Sa Kaeo province, health officials, immigration police and customs officers have coordinated their efforts to enforce regulations including 14-day quarantine, health certificate verification and contact tracing procedure. The implementation of Phase 7 of reopening will also allow border markets to resume operations after the lockdown has been imposed since March.

 

read more https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50752380/thailand-ready-to-receive-cambodian-migrant-workers/

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But how would a "Make Thailand Great Again" or "Thaiexit" approach to migrant workers benefit the country? It ultimately generates more problems than it solves.

 

They're going to come anyways. Might as well regulate and monitor them, similar to what the Arab Gulf countries are doing.

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1 hour ago, unblocktheplanet said:

Opening land borders or airports is simply inviting Covid into the henhouse. All of us are just statistics for the elites.

 

Over simplifying things to suit your personal narrative. What about the economy and all those unemployed and without any type of social funds to protect them?

 

It's a simple choice, open the borders or destroy the economy.

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So they will be subject to quarantine restrictions -- in Thai premises or 5 star hotels like other aliens? And will they have to have $100,000 medical insurance?

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21 hours ago, geovalin said:

Thai authorities have prepared to welcome back migrant workers from Cambodia as Thailand is moving into phase 7 of its Covid-19 lockdown easing, the Pattaya Mail has reported. Under the next phase of reopening, migrant workers from Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos will be allowed to enter Thailand to work under disease control regulations.

The "roads" must go on !!

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16 hours ago, Emdog said:

Pay a decent wage with decent conditions and put those folks to work

Unfortunately many of them are  not suitable for anything except  sitting on their <deleted>, lazy, unable to start on time, any  opportunity to sit  down and then complain it  too  hard/not  fair, quite  normal.

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1 hour ago, bodga said:

Unfortunately many of them are  not suitable for anything except  sitting on their <deleted>, lazy, unable to start on time, any  opportunity to sit  down and then complain it  too  hard/not  fair, quite  normal.

 

That's not true.

 

In other Asian countries where Thais migrate to, Thais have a reputation for being hard, honest workers and are in high demand as construction and factory workers.

 

 

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17 hours ago, Emdog said:

Supposedly many Thais are out of work. Pay a decent wage with decent conditions and put those folks to work. Bringing in easily controlled migrants to undercut wages does not benefit Thai people in general. Sorry for stating the obvious

sorry for going off topic but a minimum wage job was advertised in the uk and there were thousands of applicants,don,t think people rea!ise the ending imp!ications of this pandemic which are going to go on for years.as for "benefiting the thai people"whwn has the thai government ever been bothered about that?

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2 hours ago, bodga said:

Unfortunately many of them are  not suitable for anything except  sitting on their <deleted>, lazy, unable to start on time, any  opportunity to sit  down and then complain it  too  hard/not  fair, quite  normal.

They are just needed so the BIB have scapegoats...Immed openings needed on Ko Tao....beach bonus!

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opening land borders for migrants is indeed a sign of positive movement but

I doubt many migrants will be moving over to work,  after paying 20,000++ baht for legal L-A visa, wp's and some going onto debt to do so, they wont be able to afford 14 days quarantine with no salary

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8 hours ago, Patanawet said:

So they will be subject to quarantine restrictions -- in Thai premises or 5 star hotels like other aliens? And will they have to have $100,000 medical insurance?

 

There is a medical scheme for migrant workers, essentially lets them enrol under the "30 baht" scheme for a fee of about 12800 baht a year. Obviously no one expects them to have private health insurance or use private hospitals.

 

Yes, quarantine is envisioned and details are being worked out. Will not involve hotels. Either special (and very basic) facilities located right near the border and/or employer-provided quarters. There is debate going on between Thai govt and employers as to who will pay for this as obviously the workers cannot.

 

Since Cambodia is at least as COVID-free as Thailand, arguably more so,  the logic of quarantining Cambodian migrants on arrival  is debatable.

 

 

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