It is difficult to understand the thinking of the ministers and officials in charge of migrant labour enforcement. They have declared an end to the registration of workers from neighbouring countries. Foreigners who failed to register in time are now in the country illegally, and all those who follow will similarly be classed as illegals. This is the opposite of a solution. The government is papering over a problem, abandoning logic, ignoring compassion and opening the labour market to some of the greatest abuses in the country's history.
The registration process gained the title Nationality Verification (NV). The men and women involved, almost all from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia, refer to the Thai NV document they receive as a passport. Labour Minister Padermchai Sasomsap last week defined the policy on migrant registration this way. They had their chance.
The deadline to register was Dec 14, and it will not be extended. The estimated 1 million remaining undocumented foreigners from these countries are subject to roundup and deportation.
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