COVID-19 Related Vulnerabilities and Perceptions of Non-Thai Populations in Thailand (Round Two)
From 4 to 14 May 2020, IOM staff surveyed a total of 85 key informants, who provided information on the situation and vulnerabilities of different migrant communities and non-Thai populations (migrants, refugees, and stateless individuals) following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Thailand. Results revealed that the most common barrier to COVID-19 specific hygiene and sanitation for non-Thai populations is the cost of personal protective equipment (PPE). However, results reveal that access to facemasks for non-Thai populations seems to have increased compared to findings in IOM’s first Rapid Assessment report. Respondents reported that the greatest challenge faced by non-Thai nationals since the outbreak of COVID-19 is insufficient income, with 80 per cent of key informants reporting that they have heard of concerns from non-Thai populations about not having enough food to eat due to the consequences of COVID-19. In total, 29 per cent of the respondents indicated that most non-Thai nationals have lost their jobs and face financial problems. Respondents also continued to report low awareness levels on COVID-19 symptoms and handwashing practices, with 57 per cent of respondents indicating that lack of literacy is the main reason why non-Thai nationals do not understand COVID-19 related information.