Press Releases

  • Op-ed: The State of Migration in Thailand

    18/12/2016 - She cleans your house, sews your clothes and cooks your food. He catches the fish you eat, builds the house you live in and polishes the shoes you wear. These labour intensive occupations are often the vocation of one group of people – migrants.

  • 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

    07/10/2016 - 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Thailand Funds Information Campaign to Address Irregular Migration in Bay of Bengal

    05/08/2016 - "Start smart, end with success" is the message of an information campaign that IOM has launched with Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of efforts to address irregular migration in the region, particularly in the Bay of Bengal.

    The Royal Thai government has donated USD 100,000 to IOM to enable it to carry out awareness-raising activities on safe migration in five countries: Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand.