29 May 2015
Labour and Migration Section
Labour and migration are close to Thailand’s core policy since Thailand has experienced various forms and complexities of migration opportunities as well as challenges. Millions of migrants, for various reasons, have been moving through our borders from neighbouring countries. At the same time, hundreds of thousands of Thai nationals have been travelling overseas to work or to live.
Such opportunities and challenges need to be dealt with efficiently and effectively by both sending and receiving countries so that migration can bring maximum benefits with minimized risks and damaging impacts on governments, societies as well as migrants.
The Royal Thai Government believes that dissemination and access to information with regards to migrants’ rights, legal frameworks and access to justice and remedies are fundamental for the protection against exploitation.
In Thailand, both regular and irregular migrants have access to health care, either through social security system for migrants working in the formal or industrial sector, or through health insurance scheme for those in informal sector.
Although irregular migrants are already provided with basic social services, Thailand has been encouraging them to regularize their status through the registration process, to further benefit from the basic health insurance and protection system as Thai nationals.
However, with the increasing challenges of human trafficking, forced labour and transnational organized crimes, as well as complexity of the issue, international cooperation is essential to lift up the challenge. The international organizations such as ILO and IOM, among others, have been playing constructive role in promoting international norms and standards, facilitating information sharing and enhancing capacity of Member States.
Thailand also encourages the cooperation between government and relevant stakeholders, including civil society and private sector in order to address labour and migration issue in a comprehensive and sustainable manner.