The raid carried out by the Department of Special Investigation and the Labour Ministry on Friday that detained around 2,000 migrant workers in a housing complex in Chon Buri requires an explanation from the government. If it was a one-off operation, it will have accomplished little other than cause hardships for the workers involved. If it is part of a larger crackdown on illegal migrants, as suggested by the involvement of both the DSI and the Labour Ministry, the raid has major implications for the workers but also several important economic sectors that rely heavily on migrant labour, both documented and undocumented.
There are, of course, a great many similar migrant workers' communities scattered around the country that provide a steady source of manpower for certain sectors, the garment and fisheries industries in particular.
Although the government has warned for some time that a crackdown on illegal immigrants was coming, this raid seemed to come from out of the blue and the timing is odd.
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