Scores of trawler operators list illegal migrant workers

national July 27, 2014 00:00

By The Sunday Nation

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The operators of 3,315 fishing trawlers have submitted lists with the names of 54,789 migrant workers - 44,357 of them undocumented, the Department of Employment revealed yesterday.

He also said that the 29 one-stop service centres nationwide had so far registered some 270,000 migrant workers.
Pichit Nilthongkham, director of the Office of Foreign Workers Administration, said that by the July 21 deadline set by the junta for all fishing trawlers to report their migrant workers, some 3,315 trawler operators had complied.
Of the 54,789 migrant workers, only 10,432 were legal. 
As there are about 10,000 fishing trawlers in operation, Pichit urged all operators to submit a list of names and register undocumented migrant workers at any of 22 coastal service centres by August 21. 

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