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Cambodian fishermen register in Thailand

Cambodian fishermen register in Thailand

More previously undocumented Cambodians working in Thailand’s fishing industry have signed up to the latest round of registrations than workers from Myanmar or Laos, figures released by Thailand’s Ministry of Labour yesterday reveal. The 10,110 Cambodians who signed up to the scheme make up almost half the 20, 687 people who registered from the three countries between June 15 and August 13. About 35,000 migrant workers registered as part of the scheme. The registration process was intended to introduce some measure of regulation to the shadowy industry. A total of 12,406 Cambodians are now registered in Thailand’s fishing industry, but the number that remain unregistered is unknown. International Labour Organisation research suggests an estimated 20 per cent of migrant workers on boats alone have been trafficked.

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