Migrant worker checks hit new snag

Migrant worker checks hit new snag

SPECIAL REPORT: Officials struggling to meet registration deadline

The lines are long and the paperwork is stacked high at migrant registration centres across the country. (Bangkok Post file photo)
The lines are long and the paperwork is stacked high at migrant registration centres across the country. (Bangkok Post file photo)

Hundreds of thousands of migrant workers who have been temporarily allowed to work in the country are at risk of becoming illegal as labour authorities struggle to meet a deadline in three weeks to register more than 1.6 million workers.

The critical situation has forced Labour Minister Adul Sangsingkeo to order authorities to shorten the migrant worker registration process at its one-stop service (OSS) centres.

According to the cabinet resolution on Jan 16, about 2 million migrant workers from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia were temporarily allowed to work in the kingdom until March 31 this year.

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