CHIANG MAI -- Confusion reigned among migrant labourers as the nationality verification (NV) scheme, which mainly affects people from adjoining countries, ended on Friday, and authorities sought to calm fears of mass deportations.
Ruchuchai Potha, deputy chief of the Chiang Mai employment office, said there were 69,588 registered migrant labourers from Myanmar, 156 from Laos and 34 from Cambodia in the province. Most had already gone through the NV process and only 2,669, about 4%, did not have valid passports.
He said 5,677 who already have passports had not yet filed for work permits.
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