International affairs adviser to the Migrant Worker Rights Network (MWRN) and State Enterprise Workers Relations Confederation of Thailand (SERC).
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.
At cabinet meetings during Thailand's floods, migration was absent from the political agenda. No specific response was apparently required. Officials reported no "host agency" and neither the Labour, Interior nor Foreign ministries assumed direct responsibility. Law enforcement agencies monitor migrants closely and surely knew how the floods impacted on them, however.