For two decades now, piecemeal cabinet resolutions have allowed migrants from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar to legally register to work in Thailand, reflecting tensions between national security and economic necessity.
Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to Myanmar migrant workers in the fishing town of Mahachai in Samut Sakhon during her visit to Thailand earlier this year. PAWAT LAOPAISARNTAKSIN
But even after they register, a workers' immigration status has remained "illegal", and they remain under threat of deportation because of their irregular entry. Extensive restrictions on migrant's freedom of movement have applied, and many rights have been denied.
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