Illegal immigration to Thailand

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Thailand has become a major destination of illegal immigration, especially from neighboring countries.[1][2]


As of 2005, it was confirmed by the Thai government that there are 1.8 million registered and legal foreign workers and illegal immigration is as much as 5 million in Thailand. These illegal migrants also include refugees and the percentage of the illegal migrant population is as respectively Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar/Burma, India, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Africa, and China.

There are also large numbers of westerners living and working illegally in Thailand, many of whom teach English or run internet-based small businesses and use tourist visas or other types of visa obtained using fake documentation to stay in the country long-term.

North Korean illegal immigrants[edit]

In recent years North Korean defectors have attempted to use Thailand as an entry route to get to South Korea. Some people continue working and staying in Thailand. By North Korean law, civilians cannot exit the country unless he/she was sent by government or was invited, which he/she has to go back and send report two times a year to North Korea.[3]

Illegal Rohingya migrants[edit]

At least 600 Rohingya Muslims believed to be illegal migrants from Myanmar detained in Thailand Fri, Jan 11, 2013 after two raids by the authorities near the border with Malaysia.The Thai government has been criticized for its treatment of illegal immigrants.[4] There may certainly be more Rohingya Refugees in Thailand however, legal and illegal.

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