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State of Foreign Workers in Thailand

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By : Gregory Smyth    99 or more times read
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Before moving to Thailand, it is quite wise to learn about the state of foreign workers in Thailand and get some very essential general information and advice about carrying out business there, and prevailing working environment.

Basically, if you possess genuine intentions of doing business in Thailand, then establishing a company and carrying out legitimate business in Thailand, particularly in comparison with lot of other countries, is relatively straightforward and not difficult.

Thailand is a good choice to invest for your business plans, and not a bad place to live at all. It is a relatively trouble-free market economy, and comparatively flexible. The Thai legal system concerning company and tax matters is to a great extent designed after the USA and European countries such as Switzerland and France. Therefore almost all foreign workers in Thailand adapt well and discover it reasonable and smooth to work within.

Many people have approached Thailand comprehending it as a country with daunting requirements and process, and most of them soon realize that it is not quite so burdening after all. Even though it depends on what you want to achieve and hope to accomplish, it also rests a lot on right guidance and expert support.

Although labor laws do not specifically avoid coverage for foreign workers in Thailand, in reality the bulk go through considerable discrimination taking into account the wages and conditions. The numbers of foreign workers is a mystery with estimates ranging from 1-3 million. Foreign workers - mostly Lao, Burmese and Cambodians - are often appointed to execute taxing, dirty and dangerous work that Thai workers try to avoid.

This kind of work is often spotted in domestic service, construction, farm labor, rice mills, fruit orchards, services (restaurants, cheap brothels) and fishing. Foreign workers are employed at a rate of one-third to one-half of the wages that would be given to Thais. Generally they have moderate protection and often there are reports of large scale exploitation, beatings and deaths.

The smuggling and employment of illegal foreign labor has been a lucrative option for local businessmen in alliance with police military and civilian state officials. Over the past five years, the government has made use of a range of policies configured to manage the worries of foreign workers. These policies have fluctuated from the repatriation of illegal foreign workers in Thailand to the launch of a system that would enable the legal employment and registration of foreign migrant labor.

The major requirement to be a successful businessman in Thailand is, well, doing business well. The legal part of your business should be relatively the comfortable part in Thailand. Don't let yourselves to burden your head with the legal procedures you will have to encounter in Thailand. What is relevant is whether your business is financially feasible after considering the products and/or services you are wishing to offer. The legal part should be perceived as the easy part.

Quite often, people are worried by the bad stories they read on the Internet or hear from others. Experienced business consultants in Thailand say that it is usually a lot safer than what is often found on the Internet and heard from failed cases, provided your business is really energetic in trying to bestow products and/or services.

Every story is double-sided, but often bad news spreads much further than good news, even in the Internet, and people always choose to complain. In reality, most of Thailand is friendly and not bad. One has to be cool and just try to understand the real scenario and get the right information.

Even though this is the situation there are some small problems which you can, with some care, surely overcome. There are fields in which foreign workers in Thailand are not allowed to enter. However, almost all of these are basically low skilled fields and not of attention. But the majority of fields that foreigners of class would choose to work in are allowed.

Another problem that everyone must take into consideration and handle is that the rules, instructions and forms are all provided in the Thai language. But if you are committed enough, there will be a worthy sum to be made as foreign workers in Thailand.
Author Resource:- For nearly 30 years, Bamrung Suvicha Apisakdi Law Associates (BSA Law) has focused on providing reliable legal advice and services to the Thai and foreign business community in Thailand. We provide international standards of legal services while retaining the customs of the Thai business culture.
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