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Posted by: Taman Tun
« on: February 08, 2019, 04:04:31 PM »

Difficult, but let’s start with this bit:- I have always had a stable life, have worked my entire life,

If that were the case then it should be no problem to meet immigration requirements.  He also says his savings have all gone which does not tie up with the worked my entire life bit.

So, should he be destitute in Thailand or back in his own country?  Surely from the Thai point of view it would be better if he returned to his own country.

Posted by: thaiga
« on: February 08, 2019, 01:22:54 PM »

i feel sure this article will have plenty of comments ::)

Thailand’s harsher overstay rules have destroyed my life

For 10 years, I lived in Thailand as a law-abiding citizen. I don’t do drugs and don’t even drink alcohol. In 2015, at the age of 38, I started experiencing panic attacks every time I left my apartment.

I was in a state where I was only able to go out once, at 2am, to the local 7-Eleven to buy food and other necessities. Of course, I was unable to renew my visa. I tried taking a bus to Cambodia but, 10 minutes after we left the station, I had to ask the driver to stop and let me out. I was in full panic attack mode.

In 2016, I started feeling better and decided to fix my visa issue by taking a flight to Vietnam. I paid my Bt20,000 penalty fee at Don Mueang and received a three-year ban from entering Thailand. I knew there was a good chance that was going to happen but the feeling I had when I realised I would not be able to see my friends anymore or access my belongings was one of complete hopelessness.

After two years of living on my savings, I was nearly broke. Shortly after, I attempted to end my life, failed and was offered help with repatriation by the Belgian Consulate in Saigon.

I unfortunately accepted the offer. Since the day I landed in Belgium, two years ago, I have been homeless and have drifted from shelter to shelter. I have always had a stable life, have worked my entire life, but I am now in a position where the only option seems to end what I can’t even call a life anymore.

I understand the need to enforce immigration laws, I truly do. But immigration officers should also have the discretion to take personal situations into account.

Nickolas H