The Bangkok University poll was conducted among economists from 32 leading organisations between March 22 and 29 and found that 73.5 per cent of those polled viewed migrant workers as essential to Thai economic expansion.
The respondents said that Thailand lacks good management and proper labour use to match the skills of workers. Moreover, there are loopholes in Thai laws on foreign labour.
Slightly over half – 52.9 per cent – of the respondents thought the Yingluck Shinawatra government had paid little attention to problems relating to migrant workers.
A majority of the economists surveyed felt the Government should impose rules to specify the exact number of migrant workers, categorise their skills and train them.