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Thailand again denies expelling migrant workers

Thailand, currently facing an exodus of foreign workers, on Monday denied ordering an expulsion of migrant workers from neighbouring countries.

BANGKOK: Thailand, currently facing an exodus of foreign workers, on Monday denied ordering an expulsion of migrant workers from neighbouring countries.

Instead, it said those returning to the countries did so due to other reasons.

Many of the foreign labourers from Thailand's neighbours have been returning home because of reasons such as the end of employment period and to work in padi fields, Department of Employment deputy director-general Thanit Numnoi told a press conference in Bangkok.

Thanit said 67,529 workers from Cambodia alone had to return home within this year after their four-year employment contract expired, and 268,579 workers from Myanmar and another 43,739 workers from Laos had also returned home this year.

He added: "Cambodian migrant workers, particularly, are returning home at this time to work in padi fields.”

There have been reports that over 100,000 legal and illegal workers from Cambodia returned to their country, amidst fear of being arrested after rumours that the Thai junta planned to send migrant workers home due to the current slowing of the economy.

Workers from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia who are officially registered in Thailand number 2.233 million.

However, there are millions more illegally working in the country.

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