Don't drag feet on stateless

Don't drag feet on stateless

After being safely rescued from Tham Luang cave, three members of the Wild Boars football team and their coach find themselves trapped again by a harsh reality -- lack of nationality and the same old plight that comes with illegal status.

The three boys, Pornchai Kamluang, Adul Sam-on and Mongkhol Boonpiam are stateless people whose citizenship applications are being considered, albeit slowly, by the Thai authorities. But with the cave rescue being international news, the authorities have pledged to accelerate and complete the process in six months if "there are no legal complications". The coach, Ekapol Chantawong who has no documents at all, remains most vulnerable and risks being deported.

On Thursday, Social Development and Human Security Minister, Anantaporn Kanjanarat, was quick to tell the media the young footballers "have no privileges", and the authorities would follow the regulations in considering their citizenship applications.

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