Thousands flee Thailand as military cracks down on illegal labor
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
6/16/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants from Cambodia are crossing the Thai-Cambodian border back into Cambodia, as the military junta that took control of Thailand back on May 22 intensifies its enforcement of the country's formerly lax illegal labor measures.
Thailand's military, which ceased power in a coup on May 22, has been cracking down on illegal labor.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Thai military's ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) stated that the Cambodians are leaving of their own accord and said 60,000 had crossed the border back into Cambodia. It says that there are 90,000 illegals in Thailand.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that 100,000 Cambodians have left since the military's coup.
The illegal foreign laborers, primarily from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia, are key to Thailand's primarily construction, manufacturing, and fishery industries, performing jobs many Thais don't want to do.
The IOM is concerned that this many immigrants flooding back into their home countries could overburden the already financially strained nations that these immigrants flee from.
"[The military] seem very efficient. To our knowledge, nobody is being hurt, but one worry is there is no free water and food," the IOM's Joe Lowry said in an interview with Reuters.
"Many are going back to villages with no jobs and will be a strain to their local community."
The Thai government has tried to tighten regulations and screen those who cross the country's porous borders, but bureaucratic red tape and police corruption have caused the severe lack of progress.
Many of these Cambodians fear a military crackdown, leaving steady jobs for an uncertain future back home.
"I'm too scared so I won't come back," said Chok Kamchai, a 27-year-old who worked as a market deliveryman in the Samut Prakarn province in the fringes of Bangkok.
Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for AUGUST 2017
Artists. That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation.
Christians in North Korea are facing extreme persecution as a purge against believers has started. A new report by the US government ... continue reading
North Korea has backed down from threats to fire missiles at Guam. The reason for the reversal is unknown. The decision is the first step ... continue reading
What can a missionary in North Korea do to preach the Gospel in a Communist dictatorship? Simply care for the sick patients he is there to ... continue reading
North Korea has announced a detailed plan to fire missiles at Guam. The missiles are intended to land just short of the island and will ... continue reading
With the war of words escalating between Kim Jong Un and President Trump, there is concern that war with North Korea is imminent. However, ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- North Korea launches purge against Christians as faith spreads across ...
- Pro-life wins in Texas with new law to protect religious freedom and ...
- Daily Readings for Thursday, August 17, 2017
- Get ready for self checkout everywhere: 3.5 million retail cashiers ...
- Should history be rewritten to appease the angry? HD Video
- St. Clare of Montefalco: Saint of the Day for Thursday, August 17, 2017
- Over 20 million people facing starvation - and we should care!
- Daily Reading for Friday, August 18th, 2017 HD
- Catholic Online YouTube HD
- Today is the Feast of the Assumption. Why do we celebrate it? HD
- North Korea backs down in face of U.S. threat, but why? HD