Thailand Resumes Sending Agricultural Workers to Israel

By Yoni Weiss

Thai foreign workers work in the agricultural field in Hefer Valley. (Moshe Shai/FLASH90)

Thailand will resume sending agricultural workers to Israel this week after an eight-month pause, the Thai labor ministry announced on Monday. The target is to have over 10,000 Thai citizens working in Israel by the end of 2024.

Before the war, around 30,000 Thai laborers were employed in Israel’s agriculture sector, making them one of the largest migrant worker groups in the country. The Oct. 7 attack by Hamas terrorists resulted in the deaths of 39 Thai workers and the kidnapping of 32, according to the Thai government. Six of them are still believed to be held captive.

The Thai labor ministry has requested the Israeli government to ensure the safety of Thai workers. The first group of approximately 100 workers will depart from Bangkok on Tuesday, with another group following in early July.

Many Thai workers, particularly from the rural northeast, seek employment in Israel due to higher wages and the opportunity to alleviate significant debt, a common issue in Thailand’s economy.

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