The Labour Ministry of Thailand has given approval for thousands of labourers to go and work in Taiwan, as the Covid-19 pandemic subsides.
Mr Chatu Mongol Sonakul said, “The ministry made a decision based on the health of workers. Taiwan has not had Covid-19 cases for a long while and it has respected preventive measures”.
In Taiwan, Thai workers will still face a 14-day state quarantine period but they will be allowed to work on two-year contracts.
The spokesperson went on to say that he has heard from many ambassadors asking Thailand to approve Thai workers to return to work in their countries.
“These countries see Thai labourers as hard-working, honest and strong. The government will make a decision taking into account the workers’ health and safety”.
Suchat Pornchaiwiseskul, Director-General of the Department of Employment said: “The department plans to export over 50,000 labourers between June and September to Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Israel”.
The department will send 20,120 workers Taiwan, 3,818 to Japan, 6,412 to South Korea, 2,448 to Malaysia, 2,934 to Singapore and 2,840 to Israel.
Each year, Thai migrant workers generate revenue worth 140 billion baht.
There are still 128,102 Thai migrant labourers overseas, mostly in Taiwan. There are also large groups of Thai workers in the Middle East, Europe and Africa.