Quarantine orders will be in place for returnees
As the COVID-19 virus spreads to more places across the world, workers, students, and tourists are looking to come back home.
With opportunities for a higher wage in South Korea, it sees thousands of Thais working in the country. At least 140,000 are believed to be illegal workers.
Over 5,000 Thai illegal workers need to return home
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Referred to as “phi noi”, which translates to “little ghost” in Thai, these illegal workers in South Korea mostly work in factories and agriculture. Most of them gave also reached the country via means such as cargo ships, while others have visited as tourists and then extended their stay illegally without a work permit.
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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said that there are over 10,000 workers who have requested support with returning back to Thailand, with numbers likely to increase due to the sheer number of overseas workers in South Korea.
Workers have signed up for amnesty
Of this, around 5,000 illegal workers have signed up for an amnesty programme, which will help support workers who cannot afford to buy a ticket back home, Khaosod English reports.
Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr. Cherdkiat Atthakor also shared that the South Korean government has agreed to let the illegal workers return without any repercussions or punishment, as long as they register their status before 30th June 2020. They will also not be charged with overstaying, or be put on a blacklist.
Returnees to undergo 2-week quarantine
Of the returnees from South Korea this week, 19 were further examined for having symptoms. However, all were tested negative for COVID-19. The rest were allowed to return home as they did not have any symptoms.
The current situation has made waves with Thai netizens on social media, some of whom have shared their concerns about those who have been allowed to go back to their homes without an official quarantine.
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