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Laos and Thailand Cooperate on Migrant Worker Issues

Migrant Workers Thailand

The government of Thailand has promised support for Lao migrant workers living in the country, and will offer assistance to Lao workers who want to return home to Laos.

The Thai government has said it will upgrade the nationality status of Lao workers in Thailand.

The Thai Minister of Labor, Mr Adul Sangsingkeo, was in Vientiane on Monday to attend a bilateral meeting on labor issues.  He said that Thailand would increase assistance offered to Lao workers.

“The two ministries will continue to solve labor-related issues to ensure safe labor migration with workers accessing permanent employment and entitled to sound and just welfare treatment in Thailand,” said Mr Khampheng Xaysompheng, Lao Minister for Labor and Social Welfare.

There are currently about 71,000 Lao workers in Thailand holding pink labor cards, which are the temporary identity cards issued by the Thai government.

Under the proposed plan, Thai authorities will continue to register foreign workers, issuing pink identity cards from March to June this year.

pink thai work permit

A Non-Thai Identification Card

“We would like to thank the Thai government for responding to the request of the Lao goverment regarding this matter,” said Mr Khampheng.

The Lao government has been assisting illegal migrant workers to return home to Laos and aquire a passport so they may return to Thailand and be legally employed.

It is estimated that there are 71,000 migrant workers from Laos working in Thailand, of which some 25,000 are unregistered and therefore not protected by law.

Since August last year, around 24,680 Lao nationals registered and upgraded their status.


Source: KPL
Photo: Jack Kurtz

Why Do The Chinese Come to Laos?

Chinese Come to Laos

The number of Chinese immigrants to Laos increases daily, with men and women who struggled to succeed in rapidly developing China now seeking new lives for themselves in Laos. More than wealth or opportunity, these Chinese business people wish to begin anew in a country where life moves at a slower pace, without any the stress of their homeland. Around them grow new communities and groups, reflecting the unique presence they bring to Laos.



Source: Asia Insight, NHK World

Thailand to Restrict Entry Visas for Foreigners

Thailand Visas

Social media in countries bordering Thailand have been flooded with comments and queries after a notice on changes to Thailand’s visa laws was quietly released on the internet. This new Ministerial Regulation of the Thai Ministry of the Interior advises an update on immigration at land borders. According to the notice, immigration checkpoints at land border crossings in Thailand will restrict entry for foreigners who enter under the popular Tourist Visa Exemption Scheme to only two visits per calendar year. The new law is scheduled to enter into force from December 31, 2016.

The Laotian Times contacted the Thai Consulate in Vientiane and was informed that although the consulate is aware of the document, it has not yet received official information from its headquarters in Bangkok.

Thai Visa Restrictions May Cause Difficulties for Foreigners in Laos

The new Thai visa restriction could create difficulties for many foreigners living in countries neighbouring Thailand, who rely on medical and commercial services across the border. An economic impact may also be felt in small border towns such as Nong Khai, which sees a huge influx of traffic each day.

6-Month Thai Visas Now Available

The Thai consulate suggests that foreigners living in Laos who hold a valid Lao work visa may apply for a six-month, multiple entry tourist visa for Thailand, which is valued at around 5,000 baht.
The new restriction will likely not affect Lao citizens, who do not currently require a visa for entry into Thailand.