At least 100,000 migrant workers in Phuket


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I’ve been writing about immigrant workers a lot recently. It’s not that I feel some sort of satisfaction by criticizing the police or the government, but I think it’s important to highlight the hypocrisy of the government’s recent attempts to curb the flow of illegal Burmese laborer entering Thailand.

The 54 Burmese migrants who died in a sealed container were on their way to Phuket. I was reading some quotes at work from Phuket Governor Niran Kalayanamit. These words didn’t come from some sort of rights activist, but the governor himself.

He said, in no uncertain terms, that in Phuket, there are about 32,000 legal migrant workers, who have come from neighbouring, mostly from Burma. On top of that, there are at least 30,000 illegal migrant workers. He added that in Phuket, there could be up to 100,000 migrants workers, legal and illegal, from neighbouring countries, mostly from Burma.

Let’s digest that for a minute. Phuket’s official population is only about 300,000. The unregistered population is also estimated at about 300,000, so I’m thinking that the governor’s estimate is too low.

Furthermore, a number of business in Thailand recently complained to the Minister of Labour that Thailand doesn’t have enough foreign workers. While many Thais do not want Burmese working in Thailand, the Burmese are here and they are doing the work that the Thais refuse to – and large business entities want to increase the workforce.

The Burmese workforce is the backbone of property development in Phuket and in many of Thailand’s provinces. Businesses rely on the workforce for cheap labour, those involved in smuggling and trafficking people into Thailand rely on there being a work force to exploit, the police rely on the workforce for payoffs and higher-up officials rely on the workforce as their meal ticket.

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