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Deporting migrants is short-sighted

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No, no, no! That was the firm answer from Labour Minister Padermchai Sasomsap when the business sector and rights groups repeatedly asked him to extend the nationality verification deadline to allow migrant workers more time to obtain the passports, visas, and work permits required to work here legally. 

Playing tough, Mr Padermchai also threatened to immediately deport any migrant workers who failed to meet the Dec 14 deadline.

As many as 2 million people may be subjected to this mass deportation. Don't believe the 300,000 number quoted by the government. That's far too low.

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