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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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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.

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 by (a) promoting high-level national dialogue to facilitate the development of migration policies for the benefit of the country, migrants and society at large, (b) implementing programmes that improve migrants’ access to basic social services and assistance while fostering cooperation and common understanding of migrant issues among all stakeholders involved in migration management in Thailand, and (c) providing men and women migrants from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam with labour market, demand-oriented professional and life-skills to enhance their access to improved employment opportunities and conditions, both in Thailand and upon return to countries of origin.

Information sharing and raising awareness of the latest government policies affecting migrants, and valuable economic contribution that labour migrants make to Thailand, is also an important dimension of IOM’s work. To this end, Migrant Information Notes, endorsed by Thailand’s Ministry of Labour, are produced bi-monthly, providing current, reliable information on the latest migration policy developments, regulations and procedures in Thailand. They are published in English, Thai and Burmese, and are available at the following link: Migration Information Notes

Main Projects

Donor

Migrant Processing and Integration

IOM Thailand conducts interactive and student-centered cultural orientation classes for refugees bound for Australia, the Netherlands and Japan. The classes aim to prepare refugees for their initial settlement needs and, in particular, to enable them to become self-sufficient as soon as possible. Cultural orientation classes cover wide topics ranging from factual information in the resettlement countries such as education, health, law, transportation, and on-arrival assistance to learning the “attitude” which helps them survive and integrate in the country of destination. Classes are arranged to cater to the needs of different groups, such as children, families, youth, singles and parents.

Main Project

  • Cultural Orientation of Refugees in Thailand Selected for Resettlement to Third Countries
Donors
  • Government of Australia
  • Government of Japan
  • Government of the Netherlands

Migration Resources - Facilitating Migration