Moeun Tola, executive director of the newly formed Center for Alliance of Labor and Human Rights, said Cambodians migrate to Thailand because they cannot find work at home or cannot survive on the wages paid. This is an issue the government must address, he added.
Mr. Tola also called for an urgent revamp of the process of issuing documents to migrant workers to ensure more of them went to Thailand legally. “The state must review the procedure of transitioning migrants’ statuses from illegal to legal as quickly as possible,” Mr. Tola said, adding that fees should be reasonable. “The announcement to set a $49 price tag for a passport does not line up with the true cost,” he said, adding that the long wait required to obtain a new passport was also a deterrent to safe migration.
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