Press Releases

  • Myanmar Migrant Workers Benefit from Migration, Need More Protection: IOM Survey

    26/10/18 – Myanmar nationals benefit from labour migration to Thailand, but need more protection to reduce their vulnerability to abuse and exploitation, according to preliminary findings from a flow monitoring survey conducted by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, on the Thai-Myanmar border.

    Between June and August 2018 IOM surveyed 4,130 incoming and returning Myanmar migrant workers at six locations in Mae Sot and Phop Phra in Thailand’s northwestern Tak province.

  • UN Migration Agency, Thai Labour Ministry Launch Interpreter Handbook to Enhance Protection for Migrant Workers

    14/09/2018 - Migrant workers in Thailand often have difficulty understanding their legal rights due to language barriers. Without adequate information, they face multiple challenges in seeking protection under the law and access to legal remedies.

    To fill this gap, the UN Migration Agency (IOM), has partnered with Thailand’s Ministry of Labour to develop a handbook targeting interpreters and Thai service providers.

  • Op-ed: Businesses can contribute to the fight against human trafficking

    02/07/2018 - The recent upgrading of Thailand’s status to Tier 2 of the US Trafficking in Person (TIP) report is a positive development that will be welcome by many. While Thailand has yet to fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, the report recognizes the significant counter-trafficking efforts the Royal Thai Government has undertaken.

  • UN Migration Agency Seeks Better Protection for Unaccompanied Migrant Children in South East Asia

    29/06/2018 – Migrating alone or being separated from parents, relatives or guardians can be a devastating experience for children. Without the care and protection of their usual caregivers, unaccompanied and separated children are at increased risk of physical and psychological harm, abduction, trafficking and exploitation.

  • 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.