Press Releases

  • UN Migration Agency, ASEAN to Enhance Skilled Labour Mobility in Southeast Asia

    01/06/2018 - Representatives from eight Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will gather in Bangkok next week (4-5 June) to discuss the use of labour market information in the context of migration policy, as a means to enhance skilled labour mobility in the region.

  • Op-ed: Understanding Modern Migrant Women

    08/03/2018 - We live in a world of unprecedented mobility with an estimated 258 million international migrants globally. Women and girls represent almost half of that number. All of them want better lives and are full of hopes, ideas and aspirations. International Women’s Day, which falls on 8 March, is a time for the global community to reflect on progress made towards empowering female migrants and protecting their rights.

  • UN Migration Agency Works with Thai Law Enforcement to Combat People Smuggling, Transnational Crime

    06/02/2018 - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, the Royal Thai Police and Thailand’s Office of the Attorney General have organized an inter-agency cooperation training for law enforcement officers and prosecutors to help Thailand to combat transnational crime, including human smuggling and trafficking.

  • Op-ed: Fewer Risks, Higher Rewards: The Promise of Better Labour Migration Governance in ASEAN

    18/12/2017 - On 18 December 1990, the UN adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. For the next decade, ASEAN civil society led the momentum for observance of this date as an International Migrants Day. A day to bring to the forefront the human rights of migrants, a day to shed light on their contributions and make their voices heard.

  • Op-ed: Migrants - A Catalyst for Thailand 4.0

    18/12/2017 - Migrants can and should play a vital role in the realization of the Thailand 4.0 vision. As a major contributor to human development globally, states that are able to harness the full potential of migration stand to benefit significantly from the economic opportunities migrants present. International Migrants Day, which falls on 18 December, is an opportunity for us to appreciate their oftenoverlooked contributions and consider the increasingly important role they play in development. 

  • Labour Rights, Skills Development Needed to Improve Migration Outcomes in Southeast Asia, Say IOM, ILO

    15/12/2017 - Labour migration can lead to long-term improvements in the lives of migrant workers if their labour rights are protected and if they are given opportunities for skills development, say the UN Migration Agency (IOM) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), in a new study.

    Released for International Migrants Day on 18 December, Risks and Rewards: Outcomes of Labour Migration in South-East Asia provides a timely assessment of labour migrants’ experiences within ASEAN.

  • UN Migration Agency, Partners, Seek Poverty Reduction through Safer, More Skilled Labour Migration

    29/09/2017 - Up to 300,000 migrants, especially women from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar heading to or returning from Thailand, are set to benefit from safer migration, improved skills development and better job opportunities over the next four years through a regional programme launched today (29/9) in Bangkok by IOM, the UN Migration Agency.

  • Thailand Opens Stakeholder Dialogue on Global Migration Compact

    11/08/2017 - The Royal Thai Government, with support from the UN Migration Agency (IOM), today (11/8) opened the first of four stakeholder dialogues as part of a national consultation process to prepare for future negotiations on the Global Compact to Promote Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

  • Thai Immigration Bureau Receives Advanced Equipment from UN Migration Agency to Enhance Passport Inspection Capabilities

    01/08/2017 - The Thai Immigration Bureau (TIB) on Monday (31/7) received five new Verifier Travel Document and Bearer (TD&B) workstations from IOM to strengthen Thailand’s border control and detect passport and identity fraud.

    The donation is part of the efforts by the UN Migration Agency and TIB to curb irregular migration and combat transnational organized crime as part of a project: “Strengthening Border Management and Intelligence Capacity of Thai Government Officials,” funded by the Government of Canada.

  • Op-ed: Human Trafficking - It's Closer Than You Think / การค้ามนุษย์ – ใกล้ตัวกว่าที่คุณคิด

    30/07/2017 - (ภาษาไทย กรุณาอ่านด้านล่าง) Today is World Day against Trafficking in Persons – a day where we give a voice to the many victims of trafficking who live among us, but have been forced into silence due to threats to their life, retaliation against their family, feelings of hopelessness, or being enslaved and physically unable to speak out.