THE WEEK IN REVIEW
ILO makes case for migrant workers
Thailand’s estimated 1.8 million migrant workers earned $2 billion in wages last year, but may have contributed $11 billion, or 6.2%, to the gross domestic product, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) revealed.
According to the ILO report – “Thailand Economic Contribution of Migrant Workers” – the Kingdom is getting a better deal from its migrant workers than it is giving them.
The total number of migrants in Thailand rose from about 700,000 in 1995 to 1.8 million in 2006, according to the report.
Last year about 75% of the migrant labourers came from neighbouring Burma. This now represent 5% of Thailand’s total labour force of 36 million. The remaining migrants mostly come from Laos and Cambodia.
Bangkok Post 22 Deccember 2007