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An intergovernmental organization established in 1951, IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.

  • 162 Member States and 9 State Observers
  • 401 offices with more than 9,000 staff
  • 95% of staff members based in the Field, with a ratio of 1:8 international versus national staff
  • Key areas of migration management include migration and development, facilitating migration, regulating migration and forced migration

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Movement, Emergency and Post-crisis Migration Management

Resettlement Assistance: Resettlement of Refugees from Thailand to Third Countries. IOM Thailand has an extensive and long-running resettlement programme, which to date has assisted the departure of more than 100,000 refugees in Thailand since 2004 – of which over 82,000 are from Myanmar – to 13 resettlement countries.

Emergency: Emergency Relief and Disaster Reduction. In Thailand, IOM acts as the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) lead agency, and was active in assisting the Royal Thai Government during the historic floods of 2011, as well as other disaster preparedness, mitigation and response activities.

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Migration Health

Health Promotion and Assistance for Migrants. IOM's Migrant Health Programme (MHP), in close collaboration with the Thai Ministry of Public Health, responds to the challenges of public health and migration to create a positive environment and effective health services for migrants and host communities.

Migration Health Assessments and Travel Health Assistance. In the context of resettlement, IOM Thailand conducts the health assessment of refugees accepted for resettlement prior to their travel, including complete medical assessment (physical examination, chest x-ray, phlebotomy, etc.), pre-departure/embarkation check-ups and ensures fitness to travel.

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Facilitating Migration

Labour Migration. Many migrants and their families, especially those who migrate irregularly, are particularly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation due to their precarious legal status. In collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, UN agencies and civil society organizations, IOM is working to enhance the lives of labour migrants in Thailand.

Migrant Processing and Integration. IOM Thailand conducts interactive and student-centered cultural orientation classes for refugees bound for Australia, the Netherlands and Japan.

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Regulating Migration

Counter-Trafficking. The Counter-Trafficking Programme of IOM Thailand has been implemented in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region since 1999 in order to improve the identification and assistance to victims of trafficking; to partner with government and law enforcement officials to prosecute traffickers; and, to collaborate with government and civil society actors to promote life skills amongst those most vulnerable, reducing the likelihood of future trafficking.

Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR). AVRR is one of many migration management services IOM offers to migrants and governments. It aims to better enable the orderly, humane and cost-effective return and reintegration of migrants who are unable or unwilling to remain in host countries and who wish to return voluntarily to their countries of origin. 

Border Management/Human Smuggling. IOM is implementing a project to counter human smuggling at the national and regional levels.

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Migration Research

Research and Publications. IOM Thailand regularly carries out and publishes research on migration issues together with its partners.

Promoting High-level National Dialogue on Migration. IOM is currently chair of the UN Thematic Working Group (TWG) on Migration.

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