Press Releases

  • Australian Assistant Minister Visits Thai-Myanmar Border Refugee Camp

    28/04/2017 – Australian Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs Zed Seselja yesterday (27/4) visited Mae La refugee camp on the Thai-Myanmar border, which hosts over 42,000 mainly Karen refugees from Myanmar.

    Seselja, who was accompanied by officials from the Australian Department of Social Services and the Australian Embassy toured the camp, visiting a vocational training school, a monastery and a library, and met with an Australia-bound refugee family in their home.

  • IOM, Partner Train Business Managers on Responsible Recruitment in Thailand

    21/03/2017 - Over half of the world’s 21 million victims of forced labour are found in the Asia-Pacific region. In Thailand, recent reports on labour exploitation in the Thai fishing and agriculture sectors have heightened public attention on the issues of forced labour and human trafficking. This has prompted multinational companies to re-examine their global supply chains and put in place measures to prevent abuse.

  • IOM to Launch Elderly Caregiving Training for Migrants in Thailand

    27/01/2017 - Thailand has one of the fastest ageing societies in the world. The United Nations estimates that between 2016 and 2040, the proportion of people aged 65 years and above is projected to increase from 7.5 million to 17 million – more than a quarter of the population. This demographic shift is to be accompanied by an 11 percent decline in working age population, the fastest contraction in the region.

  • EU, IOM Thailand to Help Undocumented Migrant Children Access Education

    24/01/2017 - Vulnerability assessments conducted by IOM and partner organizations have found that Myanmar Muslims in Thailand and disadvantaged Thais lack access to basic services, including education and healthcare.

  • IOM Conducts Suicide-Prevention Training for Partners in Thai Refugee Camps

    16/12/2016 - With a rate of 14 cases per 100,000 people, the suicide rate in Thailand’s refugee camps is more than double the host country’s national average of six cases per 100,000. In response to this, IOM has organized a one-day mental health training workshop for medical professionals of partner organizations working in refugee camps.

  • IOM Trains Thai and Myanmar Officials to Combat Human Trafficking and Smuggling

    13/12/2016 - Located at the crossroads of mainland Southeast Asia, Thailand is a country of origin, transit and destination for large numbers of migrants from across the region. Between three to four million migrants are estimated to be living and working in the country.

    In an effort to combat human trafficking and human smuggling, IOM last week concluded joint training sessions for 32 frontline officers from the Immigration Departments of both Thailand and Myanmar in Ranong, Thailand and Kawthaung, Myanmar.

  • EU, IOM Launch Community Stabilization Project for Myanmar Muslims, Host Communities in Thailand

    7/10/2016 - The European Union (EU) and IOM today officially launched a project to support the well-being of Myanmar Muslims and their host communities in Thailand.

    The four-year, EUR 2.83 million (USD 3.15 million) project, of which 90 percent is funded by the EU, is also supported by the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugee and Migration (PRM).

  • IOM Raises Awareness about Breast Cancer among Female Migrants in Thailand

    30/09/2016 - IOM will carry out awareness raising activities throughout the month of October to promote awareness of breast cancer among female migrants temporarily detained in Thailand.

    The initiative is part of IOM’s efforts to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month across the globe.

    Aimed at supporting at least 70 female migrants, the activities will centre on workshops conducted by IOM staff at six locations in Phang Nga, Ranong, Songkhla and Surat Thani provinces.

  • IOM Report Urges Cohesion on ASEAN Labour Mobility

    16/09/2016 - ASEAN member states’ labour migration policy frameworks need improving in order to increase mobility of skilled labour as envisioned by the ASEAN Economic Community, a new IOM report has found.

    In Preparing for Increased Labour Mobility in ASEAN, the study comprehensively maps policy and rights frameworks among all ten ASEAN member states for facilitating skilled labour mobility, and provides a tool to assess each framework’s alignment with free movement principles.

  • IOM Study Highlights Poverty-Alleviating Effects of Migration in Lao PDR

    16/09/2016 - The migration of Laotian migrants to Thailand has significant potential to impact on socioeconomic development and poverty reduction in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, a new IOM study has found.

    Findings from the study: “Assessing Potential Changes in the Migration Pattern of Laotian Migrants and their Impacts on Thailand and Lao People’s Democratic Republic”, noted strong linkages between migration to Thailand and poverty reduction in Laotian households.