Thailand cracks down on migrant workers as anti-immigration feelings rise

BANGKOK: Thailand is cracking down on migrant workers from neighbouring countries, saying they are “stealing jobs from Thais”, amid fears that anti-immigrant sentiment is rising as Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy stagnates. In an operation led by the Thai labour department, police and troops on Wednesday raided a fresh produce market in Bangkok and arrested 14 […]

Human trafficking suspect handed over to Myanmar

Thailand yesterday handed over a Myanmar national to authorities in his home country over charges of allegedly being involved in human trafficking. The suspect was handed over to immigration officials of Koh Song province in a ceremony presided over by Ranong Governor Suriyan Kanjanasil. The suspect, identified only as Zhi, is a prime suspect and […]

Fresh crackdown nabs “godfather” of human smuggling in Bangladesh

DHAKA: Bangladesh police have arrested a human trafficking “godfather” in a fresh crackdown on smugglers amid fears of a resumption of the racket that sparked a regional migrant crisis earlier this year, an officer said Thursday. Police have arrested at least 20 traffickers in the past month including alleged kingpin Dil Mohammad on the weekend […]

Sourcing garment from low labour cost countries – post significantly higher risk

Businesses with supply chains and operations in Myanmar, Bangladesh and Cambodia are benefiting from the world’s lowest labour costs – but may also be exposed to the highest risks, a new global ranking suggests. While there’s no doubt the cost competitiveness of these labour markets is extremely attractive, it may be offset by the risks posed […]

Myanmar workers prefer to work in Thailand

Large-scale commercial building projects in Rangoon are reportedly being delayed by a shortage of skilled labor because Burmese workers still prefer jobs in Thailand. More than 2 million migrant workers remain in Thailand, where there are frequent reports of abuse and cheating by employers and job agents, and thousands of Burmese also choose to endure […]