30 aliens to be granted Thai nationality


BANGKOK, Dec 22 – The first batch of 30 aliens of Thai origin whose parents migrated from Cambodia’s Koh Kong to Thailand will be given Thai citizenship next month, according to a senior Interior Ministry official.

Prapas Bunyindee, deputy permanent secretary for interior, said the 30 people who were born in Thailand had applied for Thai nationality with officials at Klong Luek district in Thailand’s eastern province of Trat, opposite Koh Kong.

The approval was given by the National Screening Committee, chaired by Mr Prapas.

Viroj Srisawat, director of the Civil Registration Division, said their nationality will be changed to Thai and their housing registration will state Thailand as their country of birth.

The cabinet resolved in 2010 to ease restrictions on the right to Thai nationality for aliens who were either born in Thailand or have lived in the country for many years.