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Subject: Bkk Post-Thousands of illegal alienssent back after factory raids

Bangkok Post May 22, 1999.
Thousands of illegal alienssent back after factory raids
Managers arrestedat garment plants
Supamart Kasem

Burmese immigrants are sent back across Moei River in Tak following a major
crackdown on illegal workers. Some 6,000 Burmese immigrants were rounded up
in Mae Sot during the operation yesterday. -SUPAMART KASEM
More than 6,000 Burmese illegal workers were repatriated after their arrest
from garment factories in four border districts yesterday.

They were rounded up by a 200-strong joint police-military force which
raided six garment factories in Mae Sot, Mae Ramat, Tha Song Yang and Phob
Phra. The force was led by Pol Maj-Gen Chanvut Vajrabukka, deputy chief of
the immigration police.

All the arrested were questioned and fingerprinted at the provincial
immigration office before they were sent back to Burma through the Myawaddy
border checkpoint.

Six factory managers, three of them foreigners, were also charged with
sheltering and employing illegal aliens.

Pol Maj-Gen Chanvut, who said the raids followed tips from local people,
warned of further action against illegal employment of aliens in border
areas in the North and the East.

The government, in a bid to stem the influx of foreign labourers, had
allowed only registered aliens with work permits to continue working until
April 4.

A survey by the Thai Chamber of Commerce carried out in April showed that
only 90,000 of 988,669 foreign workers nationwide were properly registered.

So far, some 300,000 foreign workers have been repatriated.