“Ideally, we want you to have passports, and Thailand, your host country, does not object to this,” she told Burmese migrants at the fishing port town.
Migrant workers from Burma eagerly await the visit of their democratic icon and national hero Aung San Suu Kyi in the Thai coastal fishery centre of Mahachai.
In a port town just west of Bangkok, Burmese labourers toil under slave-like conditions in a multi-billion dollar seafood industry.
Surachai told DVB that migrant fishermen are frequently threatened by Thai authorities and bosses if they raise their concerns.
Burmese migrants in Thailand can now apply for – and pay for – papers to allow them to travel freely around the kingdom.
Prominent British rights activist Andy Hall leaves Thailand, saying he fears for his safety amid legal problems and growing harassment from companies.