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BP: More tribes people to be absor
- Subject: BP: More tribes people to be absor
- From: suriya@xxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Mon, 25 May 1998 05:38:00
May 25, 1998
More tribes people
to be absorbed
Plan to offer alien status to 300,000
The Interior Ministry plans to grant alien status to around
300,000 tribes people who have lived for years in four northern
provinces in an attempt to prevent national security problems.
They will later be given Thai citizenship.
H'mong, Yao, Muser, Lisu and Ekaw tribes people in Chiang
Mai, Chiang Rai, Tak and Kanchanaburi will benefit.
About 200 officials, including provincial governors, district
officers, kamnans and tambon administrators last week attended
a two-day seminar in Tak province and received guidelines on
how to carry out the plan. The seminar was chaired by Interior
deputy permanent secretary Damri Wattanasingha.
An official said most hilltribe people in the four provinces had
migrated from Laos, Burma and China and been in Thailand for
over 20 years. They had helped destroy the forest with their
shifting cultivation, grown opium, and destroyed the environment.
Those entitled to alien status must have lived in one place in one
of the four provinces for more than 10 years or lived elsewhere
in Thailand for at least 15 years as of October 1995.
The official said a deadline would be given before which tribes
people would have to apply. It would cost them 100 baht. Those
applying after the deadline would have to pay about 52,000
After achieving alien status, to become Thais they have to show
they are permanently settled in one place, have jobs, and can
speak, read and write Thai. Their offspring will automatically gain
The Interior Ministry plans to give alien status to 20,000 tribes
people in Tak and to about the same number in Kanchanaburi
this year. The remaining 260,000 tribes people will come under
the programme in subsequent years.
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