Krabi Immigration Cracks Down on Illegal Foreign Workers

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On June 10, 2024, a coordinated operation led by Pol. Maj. Gen. Songprod Sirisukha, Commander of Immigration Region 6, saw a comprehensive inspection of residences, shops, restaurants, and establishments in Krabi Province. The operation aimed to prevent, suppress, and arrest foreigners engaging in businesses and occupations that compete with local Thai workers.

Under the direction of senior officers, including Pol. Col. Kantawat Phongsathabodee, Deputy Commander of Immigration Region 6, and Pol. Col. Soratharat Iamla-or, Superintendent of Immigration in Krabi, the task force conducted checks across the region. Pol. Lt. Col. Sumet Kanokhemphan, Deputy Superintendent of Immigration in Krabi, Pol. Lt. Col. Wirat Inyod, Immigration Inspector, and Pol. Lt. Col. Santipoj Nuanruang, along with the Krabi Provincial Immigration Crime Suppression Investigation Team and Phi Phi Island Police, spearheaded the operation.

During an inspection in Ao Nang Subdistrict, Mueang District, Krabi Province, authorities discovered two Myanmar nationals selling kebabs. Upon requesting their passports and work permits, the individuals failed to produce the necessary documentation. Consequently, they were charged with “Being an alien who enters and stays in the Kingdom without permission and working without permission or beyond the rights to do so.”

From May 15 to June 7, 2024, the Krabi Provincial Immigration Office reported 27 cases of violations under the Immigration Act of 1979 and six cases under the Emergency Decree on the Management of the Work of Foreigners. Pol. Col. Kantawat highlighted that this crackdown aligns with the policies of the Royal Thai Police and the Immigration Bureau, led by Pol. Lt. Gen. Itthiphon Itthisan Ronnachai, Commander-in-Chief of the Immigration Bureau, alongside Pol. Maj. Gen. Panumas Bunyalak and Pol. Maj. Gen. Phanthana Nuchanart, Deputy Commanders of the Immigration Bureau.

The policy emphasizes investigating and arresting offenders under the Immigration Act B.E. 2522, Foreign Work Management Act B.E. 2017, and Alien Business Operations Act B.E. 2542. The overarching goal is to maintain societal peace and order, ensuring the safety of citizens and tourists alike. The Krabi Provincial Immigration Bureau’s intensive inspections are a direct response to directives from the Police Commander and Immigration Bureau Commander, with integrated efforts from Phi Phi Island Police Station to cover the Krabi province area.

Key officials and numerous local law enforcement personnel were present during these operations, underscoring the concerted effort to uphold immigration laws and protect local employment opportunities.

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