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Thais Ease Stance on Overstaying Burmese Migrants

4 March 2014

Authorities in Thailand say they won’t charge Burmese migrants who have overstayed their work permits, despite legislation that currently limits their stay in the country to four years, reports The Bangkok Post. Prawit Khiengpol, the director-general of the Department of Employment, discussed the issue on Monday with representatives of the Immigration Bureau and the Royal Thai Police Office, and said they had agreed that the workers and their employers were not at fault, as a plan to extend the allowable length of stay had been stalled by Thailand’s political turmoil. He added that as a temporary measure pending the formation of a new administration, Burmese workers still in Thailand after their four-year permits had expired would not be arrested.