|Illegal immigrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh escorted by Thai navy officers on a navy patrol ship at Similan island southern Thailand, January 19, 2019. Photo: Royal Thai Navy/EPA|
Police in Indonesia’s West Sumatra province have detained 30 undocumented migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh in Padang on their way to Christmas Island, according to the Jakarta Globe on February 14.
|Migrant labour practices and regulations need to be changed and improved as ASEAN looks at becoming a common market under the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015. Myanmar migrant workers are seen on a fishing boat in Ban Nam Khaem village in Thailand. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP|
By the end of 2015, the ASEAN Economic Community or AEC is expected to establish a single market and production base in the region. With an ASEAN overall workforce of more than 300 million people, the AEC will have strong implications in terms of labour migration and human resource development. By promoting efficiency gains and structural transformation, the AEC will shift the demand for labour skills across countries and sectors, based on evolving patterns of comparative advantages. As a result, labour migration is expected to increase, both within the region and with the rest of the world.
Thai fishing operators have called on the United States to remove Thailand from the human trafficking watch list, according to The Nation on December 11.
Thailand’S raised minimum wage is causing Thai fishing boat captains heartache. Myanmar migrants who man the boats are trying when they can to escape to what they think might be better and safer opportunities in Thai factories.
Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra has full-filled an election pledge and instituted a minimum daily wage of 300 baht in the country. While this may benefit many lowly-paid workers, it has also led to the shedding of jobs by companies and workers being forced to work harder and longer for their pay.