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Closed borders worsen labour dearth

Migrant workers at the Labour Ministry. Mr Poj said many migrant workers that returned home have yet to return because borders are closed.

A labour shortage, particularly in manpower-intensive industries such as agribusiness and food processing, is likely to intensify over the long term as the pandemic makes it difficult for foreign labour to move across borders.

Poj Aramwattananont, president of the Labour and Skill Development Committee and vice-chairman of the Thai Board of Trade, said the business sector is concerned about a labour shortage in the long term after several hundred thousand foreign workers returned home following the outbreak.

Most workers who returned home have yet to return to Thailand, while new infections are rising in neighbouring countries, leading the government to retain its…

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