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Migrant Worker Assistance Centers to Be Set Up in 10 Provinces

8 August 2016

The Ministry of Labor will set up migrant worker assistance centers in 10 provinces, where a large number of foreign workers, especially those from Myanmar, Cambodia, and Lao PDR, are staying and working.
The 10 provinces include Chiang Mai, Samut Sakhon, Surat Thani, Songkhla, Samut Prakan, Chon Buri, Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen, Tak, and Ranong.
Permanent Secretary for Labor M.L. Puntrik Smiti said that, at the initial stage, the migrant worker assistance centers would be established in the 10 provinces within August 2016. The project will be carried out jointly with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), in accordance with the Cabinet resolution on 26 July 2016.
The Permanent Secretary said that the Cabinet had entrusted the Ministry of Labor with setting up the migrant worker assistance centers to provide advice for migrant workers and coordinate with relevant agencies in solving problems concerning foreign workers in Thailand.
In this regard, she said, the Ministry will work with NGOs, as in many areas, NGOs have worked actively to assist workers. The public sector will give support to facilitate the operations of the centers, so that they will operate with great efficiency.
The Permanent Secretary said that the Ministry recently discussed with representatives of NGOs their joint cooperation in tackling the problems of human trafficking. The discussion also touched on the issue of the operations of the Fisheries Life Enhancement Center in Songkhla province.
The center has been set up jointly by the public and private sector to ease the problems concerning trafficking in persons and illegal labor, as well as taking care of migrant workers in the province. It aims to develop the quality of life of workers in the fisheries sector and provide them with knowledge on their occupation and basic factors for leading their lives.
The center is expected to be a model for other provinces to handle migrant worker management.
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