The head of the Thai Department of Employment has said that more than 6,000 foreigners have been working illegally and taking jobs reserved for Thais in the last 12 months. Nearly one and a half thousand employers have been fined for employing them. Some 41 million baht has been collected in fines.
The crackdown over the last year mainly involves migrant workers from neighboring countries though more than 300 came from further afield.
Bangkok – especially the Huay Kwang and Sukhumvit areas – were targeted along with many provinces where migrant labor is high. Petcharat Sin-uay said that these included Samut Sakhon, Pathum Thani, Phuket, Surat Thai, Songkhla and Chiang Mai in particular.
Illegal migrants were particularly selling food and drink on the streets and items in shops – jobs reserved exclusively for Thai nationals.
Some 6,647 people were fined for not having work permits or working in restricted jobs from July 1st 2018 to June 18th of this year.
In all the DoE investigated 417,546 cases.
Some 1,420 employers were busted and fines totaled 41 million baht over the last year were collected from both employers and employees. Top of the list for breaking the law were people from Myanmar with 4,250 cases followed by Cambodia 1,050, Laos 665 and Vietnam 349.