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
IOM Thailand Country Office
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.
Resettlement Assistance: Resettlement of Refugees from Thailand to Third Countries
IOM Thailand 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. IOM’s roles in the resettlement process included: information campaigns; assistance to the interview missions; medical screening and treatment, follow-ups and pre-departure medical tests, and laboratory services; ground and air transportation; coordination with Thai and resettlement governments, resettlement partners and stakeholders; arranging exit and immigration formalities; providing medical escorts and airport assistance at the ports of departure, transit and arrival.
Emergency: Emergency Relief and Disaster Reduction
During the historic floods of 2011, which affected 26 provinces across Thailand, IOM assisted the Department of Disaster Prevention and Management (DDPM) of the Royal Thai Government and the affected populations through the provision of relief kits, equipment, non-food items and medical supplies. IOM also acted as the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) lead agency, and assisted in the coordination of relief efforts with the government, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs). In addition, IOM advocated for migrant rights to be addressed properly, and that migrants were not left out of the emergency response. In the area of disaster risk reduction, IOM is supporting DDPM in developing and organizing CCCM trainings for government and non-government partners. Furthermore, IOM translated and distributed the Collective Center Guidelines to DDPM and also held one information session and two trainings on CCCM in early 2012. In the area of disaster risk reduction, IOM continues to support DDPM.
IOM delivered a presentation at the annual Global CCCM Cluster Retreat (16 - 17 October 2012), covering an overview of the 2011 flooding and CCCM cluster activities in Thailand. The presentation is available for download here (Prezi): IOM Thailand Presentation Global CCCM Cluster Annual Retreat 2012.
- Health assistance to vulnerable flood-affected and displaced persons including migrants
- Assistance to the Royal Thai Government Department of Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation in flood relief operations
- Provision of non-food items and relief kits to migrants affected by flood
- Assistance to refugees displaced during the February 2012 fire at the Umpiem Mai refugee camp
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