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|2019 planning figures|
|10,000||stateless persons will receive counselling and assistance to prepare citizenship applications|
|10,000||refugees from Myanmar will be assisted to return home if conditions allow|
|3,500||refugee children from Myanmar will be registered and provided with birth certificates to facilitate their access to durable solutions|
|2,770||vulnerable urban refugees will be assisted through cash-based interventions to help them survive|
|2017 year-end results|
|12,000||individuals across the nine camps received information about the facilitated voluntary repatriation process|
|1,820||asylum-seekers in urban areas, a decrease from 4,440 in 2016|
|659||stateless persons were supported through the application process and granted Thai nationality|
|590||urban children were attending local schools|
|90%||increase in issuance of birth certificates to Myanmar refugees|
People of Concern
Continued stability in parts of southeastern Myanmar as well as the simplification of the voluntary return process, is expected to lead to an increase in the number of facilitated voluntary returns of refugees residing in the nine camps on the border between Myanmar and Thailand.
Concrete developments with respect to key pledges made by the Prime Minister could result in improved protection for people of concern in urban areas.
Sustained political will of the Government to resolve statelessness is expected to result in the reduction in the total number of stateless persons in Thailand.
In 2019, UNHCR will:
- Continue facilitating voluntary returns if safety and dignity can be assured, and maintain resources to ensure protection is delivered for the most vulnerable refugees in the camps.
- In the absence of a formal national asylum framework, continue to undertake refugee status determination for urban asylum seekers, while continuing to support the government in its effort to establish a screening mechanism.
- Continue to work with the government to seek alternatives to detention for persons of concern in line with the Prime Minister’s commitment to end the detention of children.
- Seek ways to support the government in accelerating efforts to identify and resolve statelessness, in line with Thailand’s pledges to resolve statelessness by 2024.