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Thai Cabinet waters down tough punishments for migrants March 07,2018   |  Source: The Nation

Despite Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s threat to arrest hundreds of thousands of illegal migrant workers, the Cabinet yesterday approved a draft amendment that would lessen punishments.

The Foreign Worker Management Act of BE2560, which came into effect last year, prescribed what are widely accepted as harsh penalties. The controversial law ignited panic among migrant workers from neighbouring countries last year, prompting thousands to return home due to fear of the punishments.

However, the Cabinet yesterday gave the green light to a draft amendment that would lessen the punishments against illegal workers and their employers.

The draft seeks to eliminate jail terms of up to five years facing illegal workers.

According to the draft, fines against employers would be reduced from between Bt400,000 and Bt800,000 per illegal worker to between Bt10,000 and Bt100,000.

Four of the original law’s articles have been suspended in response to concerns from many sides.

In addition to reducing penalties for many offences, the draft amendment also relaxes some conditions for migrant workers and their employers.

Prayut said the amendment could help to accelerate the migrant worker registration process. On Monday, the premier ordered faster nationality

 

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