BANGKOK (NNT) – The Thai government is asking Thai workers in Israel to promptly determine their plans regarding a return to Thailand. This comes amid Israel’s launch of ground operations, as many agencies are predicting a more intense situation in the near future.
Srettha Thavisin made this announcement after a meeting with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He indicated that there is a capacity to repatriate approximately 800 Thai citizens daily. This number can be increased. A challenge arises as many workers change their minds about returning due to Israeli employers planning to pay wages on the 10th of November. Additionally, there’s an increase in wages to encourage the workers to continue working, causing indecisiveness among them.
Workers are urged to make a quick decision before the situation deteriorates, potentially hindering their return. Once they return, the Prime Minister has instructed the Ministry of Labor to support all workers. Initially, there will be a relief payment of 15,000 Baht. The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is preparing employment opportunities, especially in technology and advanced agriculture, aligning with their work experience in Israel, and ensuring job availability upon their return.
Regarding the assistance for Thai hostages, the Prime Minister emphasized that efforts are being made on all fronts. However, the current status of the Thai hostages remains uncertain.
The Israeli Embassy in Thailand has shown footage of a recent visit to Thai laborers in Israel by Eli Cohen, the Israeli Foreign Minister. Aimed at showing gratitude, the diplomatic outreach focuses on the well-being and safety of Thai workers in the agricultural sector.
Foreign Minister Cohen met with Thai laborers who have contributed to Israel’s booming agricultural sector. During the visit, he extended thanks to all Thai workers in Israel’s farms and assured the Israeli government’s commitment to their safety.