Surprise raids net 478 migrants, overstayers

Surprise raids net 478 migrants, overstayers

Assistant national police chief Pol Lt Gen Piya Uthayo (right) talks to a foreigner on Khao San Road in Bangkok on Wednesday night as police were enforcing laws on foreigners' visits and stays at many locations nationwide.(Photo supplied)
Assistant national police chief Pol Lt Gen Piya Uthayo (right) talks to a foreigner on Khao San Road in Bangkok on Wednesday night as police were enforcing laws on foreigners' visits and stays at many locations nationwide.(Photo supplied)

Police arrested nearly 500 foreigners during surprise raids in more than 200 locations nationwide. Most of them were illegal immigrants.

Assistant national police chief Pol Lt Gen Piya Uthayo said police checked official documents of foreigners at 238 spots nationwide, focusing on hotels, entertainment places and linguistic and private schools on Wednesday.

The raids found 478 foreigners had committed wrongdoings. They included 295 illegal immigrants, 24 illegal workers, 26 registered migrant workers who did not stay at designated places and seven visa-overstayers, he said.

The operations were aimed at boosting security ahead of the Asean Summit, Pol Lt Gen Piya said. The summit officially began on Thursday.


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