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Thailand’s migrant worker policy needs boost: opinion November 06,2017   |  Source: Thailand Business News

The current Thai government’s new policy to create more systematic and efficient management of migrant workers can kill three birds with one stone.

The implementation of this policy, the Royal Ordinance on Foreign Workers Management, has been postponed. But the policy itself will eventually come into effect within the next four months. It will serve three purposes.

First, it will partly solve problems with illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Thailand. The European Union (EU) requires all marine fisheries products exporting to the EU to follow its IUU regulations, otherwise importers can face substantial penalties.

Thailand received a yellow card from the EU in April 2015, a warning sign that the Thai government’s efforts to combat the IUU problems were still below EU standards.

Second, the new migrant worker policy will also address the human trafficking problem. Every year, the US State Department issues the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report which classifies countries into four tiers – Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 2 Watch List and Tier 3. The classification is based on the degree of a country government’s efforts to eliminate human trafficking.

Tier 3 countries may face sanctions imposed by the US government such as measures to put a hold on


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Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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