300,000 migrants expected to leave kingdom for Songkran

national February 20, 2019 19:17

By The Nation

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An exodus of nearly 300,000 migrant workers is expected from April 5-30 when they visit hometowns for the Songkran festival in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.

Labour Minister Pol General Adul Sangsingkeo, following a meeting of the Migrant Worker Management and Anti-Human Trafficking Sub-committee on Wednesday, told reporters that the meeting resolved to allow Cambodian, Lao and Burmese workers whose non-immigrant L-A visas were valid at least until April 30 to head home during Songkran without having to pay a fee. 

Children under-18 could travel with them, the minister added. 

If the workers returned to the kingdom after April 30, they would be given a visa stamp that would be valid until the old visa's expiry date and they would have to pay a Bt2,000 fee, he warned.

In April 2018 240,251 migrant workers went home. 

This Songkran it was expected that nearly 300,000 would do so.

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