Govt struggles to legalise Lao workers in Thailand

Labour authorities will continue to work with their Thai counterparts to complete the registration of Lao nationals currently working illegally in Thailand. It is hoped the process can be completed next year, but some bureaucratic challenges have arisen.More ...

Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth

Lao Woman’s Ordeal Highlights Growing Trafficking Problem as Workers Seek Better Jobs in Thailand

The trafficking of Lao nationals to neighboring Thailand as undocumented laborers continues to be a growing problem with brokers arranging for thousands to be taken across the border for job opportunities that too often end up in situations where Laotians are abused by their employers.More ...

RFA’s Lao Service

53 Lao Women and Girls Rounded Up in Karaoke Bar Raid in Southern Thailand

Police and military personnel rounded up and detained 53 Laotians–50 women and three girls who were allegedly employed as sex workers–during raids on karaoke bars in southern Thailand’s Narathiwat province, authorities said Friday.More ...


Lao workers under-represented in special economic zones

Only a third of the workers employed in special and specific economic zones (SEZs) are Lao, with a lack of skills being among the issues depriving local folk of job opportunities in industrial parks, a recent survey has revealed. As many as 12 SEZs have been ...

Souksakhone Vaenkeo

Laos has huge potential for labour export

Tens of thousands of Lao nationals entered the international labour market in 2017, raising hopes that Laos can turn this business into a new foreign exchange earner. According to data from the Lao National Statistics Bureau, Laos supplied about 49,000 labourers to the international market in ...

Ekaphone Phouthonesy

Govt, ILO partner to strengthen occupational safety and health

The government has agreed with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to implement the Occupational Safety and Health in Laos Supply Chains project, which aims to protect workers.A Memorandum of Cooperation Agreement on the project was signed in Vientiane on Tuesday between the Ministry of Labour ...

Times Reporters

Govt eyes provision of more workers for Kuwait

The message was delivered by Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Dr Khampheng Saysompheng, during a visit on Tuesday by Kuwait Minister of Social Affairs and Labour and Minister of State for Economic Affairs, Mrs Hind Subaih Barrak Al-Subaih.During the official visit, the main focus ...

Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth

Laos-China cooperation to improve workplace safety

Laos and China have agreed to ongoing cooperation in the labour sector with an emphasis on improving occupational safety in Laos. The cooperation agreement will focus on the exchange of visits between technical staff, experts and related senior officials, and other labour cooperation programmes identified by ...

Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth

Digitalisation Of Migrant Worker Management Discussed

(KPL) Representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, the International Labour Organisation, and the Australian and Canadian embassies met in Vientiane to discuss digitalization of migrant worker management and digital services to migrant workers in Laos.More ...


UN Migration Agency, Lao Immigration Department, Cooperate to Tackle Human Trafficking and Smuggling

Vientiane – The UN Migration Agency (IOM) and the Department of Immigration (DoI) of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic have launched a first training by DoI Master Trainers for police and frontline border guards to increase the country’s capacity to tackle human trafficking and people ...

International Organization for Migration

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