Thousands of Thai workers to return to Taiwan

Thousands of Thai workers to return to Taiwan

A woman wears a protective face mask to protect herself from contracting the coronavirus disease at a night market in Keelung, Taiwan, June 9, 2020. (Reuters photo)
A woman wears a protective face mask to protect herself from contracting the coronavirus disease at a night market in Keelung, Taiwan, June 9, 2020. (Reuters photo)

The Labour Ministry has approved thousands of labourers to go to work in Taiwan, as the Covid-19 pandemic subsides.

"The ministry made a decision based on the health of workers. Taiwan has not had Covid-19 cases for a long while and it has respected preventive measures," MR Chatu Mongol Sonakul, the minister, told the media yesterday.

In Taiwan, Thai workers face a 14-day state quarantine and will be allowed to work on two-year contracts.

He said many ambassadors had asked Thailand to approve Thai workers to return to work in their countries.

"These countries see Thai labourers as hard-working, honest and strong. The government will make a decision taking into account the workers' health and safety," said the minister.

Suchat Pornchaiwiseskul, director-general of the Department of Employment, said the department plans to export over 50,000 labourers during June to September to Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Israel.

About 20,120 workers will be sent to Taiwan, and 3,818 to Japan.

The department will also send to South Korea 6,412 workers, to Malaysia 2,448 workers, to Singapore 2,934 workers and Israel 2,840 workers.

Meanwhile, there are 128,102 Thai migrant labourers still overseas mostly in Taiwan. The second major group is in the Middle East, mainly Israel, followed by Europe and the African continent, especially in South Africa.

Each year, Thai migrant labourers generate revenue worth 140 billion baht.


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