Work­ers flee Thai­land

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

BANGKOK: Tens of thou­sands of mi­grant work­ers, most of them from Myan­mar, have fled from Thai­land since new labour reg­u­la­tions were adopted by the mil­i­tary gov­ern­ment re­cently.

In­dus­try groups said the ex­o­dus was al­ready hit­ting some com­pa­nies, which de­pend on mi­grants from Thai­land’s poorer neigh­bours for man­ual labour for ev­ery­thing from con­struc­tion to the multi-bil­lion dol­lar seafood in­dus­try.

Thai­land has more than 3 mil­lion mi­grant work­ers, the In­ter­na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Mi­gra­tion says, but rights groups put the fig­ure higher. Reuters

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