SEEK­ING STA­TUS

Long-time un­doc­u­mented, mi­grant work­ers along the bor­der hunt le­gal recog­ni­tion within Thai­land as po­lit­i­cal un­cer­tainty in Myan­mar con­tin­ues

Mizzima Business Weekly - - CONTENTS - Kanin Sri­ma­neekul­roj

Thai­land has long seen a great in­flux of for­eign mi­grants and work­ers from its sur­round­ing neigh­bours, such as Myan­mar or Laos. It is also home to many smaller eth­nic mi­nor­ity groups such as the Karen, Hmong or Lahu. How­ever, Thai­land has never had the best track record when it comes to deal­ing with these for­eign or eth­nic mi­nori­ties, es­pe­cially when it comes to doc­u­men­ta­tion. This poses a prob­lem to these mi­nori­ties, many of whom have lived in Thai­land for decades, as they don’t have the le­gal doc­u­ments and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of­ten re­quired in var­i­ous sit­u­a­tions, from med­i­cal or school ap­pli­ca­tions to ba­sic pro­tec­tion of law.

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