Over 2 million are thought to be from Burma and the majority are unregistered. Most are employed in the construction, primary and fishing industries or as domestic help.
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The Thai Government runs a verification process for migrants, but uptake has been low with the majority of migrants remaining illegal. As such they are denied access to healthcare or the minimum wage. There have been many reports of exploitation of illegal migrants and organised trafficking. Thailand has not ratified the Refugee Convention and lacks proper refugee and asylum laws.
Refugees in Thailand are required to stay in camps. Working conditions for migrant labour in the fishing industry has attracted significant international attention. The ILO committee welcomed steps taken by Thailand to address the issues raised, and recommended a series of further regulatory, law enforcement and welfare measures to protect workers in the fishing industry.
Bribery is illegal. It is an offence for British nationals or someone who is ordinarily resident in the UK, a body incorporated in the UK or a Scottish partnership, to bribe anywhere in the world. In addition, a commercial organisation carrying on a business in the UK can be liable for the conduct of a person who is neither a UK national or resident in the UK or a body incorporated or formed in the UK.
In this case it does not matter whether the acts or omissions which form part of the offence take place in the UK or elsewhere. Corruption remains an issue in Thailand. Anyone doing business may well encounter or hear of corruption in one form or another. Practices including facilitation payments, bribes and the giving and receiving of expensive gifts in order to develop business relationships are still a problem in certain areas. Companies should ensure that all their commercial activities in Thailand are compliant with the UK Bribery Act which came into force on 1 July, Foreign nationals have been caught up in property scams.
Several British nationals also face criminal defamation charges for alleging fraud and malpractice. The legal process can take a long time and is expensive. Read the information provided on our Bribery and Corruption page. Visit the Business Anti-Corruption portal page providing advice and guidance about corruption in Thailand. Read the information provided on our Terrorism threat page. Read the information provided on our travel advice. Intellectual Property Rights IPR , as intangible assets, are a key factor in the competitiveness of your business in the global economy.
IPR can protect your innovation from competitors and can also be an important source of cash flow though licensing deals or selling IP.
IPR infringement can lead to loss of business, revenue, reputation and competitive advantage unless you take steps to protect your IP both in the UK and abroad. When exporting to Thailand, it is essential to register your rights in there as soon as possible in order to be able to defend and enforce them.
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However, many counterfeit documents and goods i. In , due to high levels of copyright infringement the office of the US Trade representative kept Thailand on its Priority Watch list. Businesses are generally encouraged to learn more about IP issues relevant to their specific industry sector and to consider defensive measures early in their plans to enter the Thai market.
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