7 more one-stop centers for migrant labor open; 22 more under way

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RAYONG, 8 July 2014  – A large number of employers brought their migrant workers to the newly opened one-stop service centers for migrant labor registration in 7 provinces on Monday, the first day of service at the centers. 

The 7 provinces included Samut Prakan, Chachoengsao, Rayong, Ayutthaya, Chonburi, Suratthani and Songkhla. The centers were opened following the success of the pilot center in Samut Sakhon province.

Employers and migrant workers from 3 countries arrived at the centers as soon as 5 am on Monday to cue up for registration. Officials and interpreters were on hand to provide information about the registration process, which included a health check-up.

In Rayong, the urine of five migrant workers who worked in the fisheries sector turned purple during the drugs screening. The five were taken into police custody and will be deported.

Most of the workers being registered will be from Cambodia, followed by those from Myanmar and Laos, said officials.

The Ministry of Interior will open 22 more one-stop service centers in coastal provinces in order to tackle the issue of illegal migrant workers in the fishing industry.