Operation: Opération: Thailand



Latest update of camps and office locations 21  Nov  2016. By clicking on the icons on the map, additional information is displayed.

Key Figures

2017 planning figures
50,000 refugees from Myanmar will depart through facilitated voluntary repatriation by the end of 2017
20,000 stateless people will receive counselling and assistance in preparing citizenship applications
4,300 refugee children from Myanmar living in camps at the Myanmar-Thailand border will be registered and provided with birth certificates
3,400 vulnerable people of concern to UNHCR in urban areas will be assisted through cash-based interventions  
1,000 children of concern to UNHCR living in urban areas will be enrolled in Thai language classes
2015 end-year results
474 refugee children between 6 and 17 years old were enrolled in primary and secondary schools in Bangkok
800 urban refugees were submitted for resettlement
3,200 refugees in the camps at the Thai-Myanmar border were submitted for resettlement

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Decrease in
2015 560,832
2014 644,761
2013 647,624


[["Refugees",55145],["Refugee-like situation",53116],["Asylum-seekers",8271],["Stateless",443862],["Others of concern",438]]
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Year-end Overview

Working environment

The political situation in Thailand will remain transitional, with a recent approval of a new constitution and further integration into the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Key priorities

In the absence of a formal national asylum framework, UNHCR will continue to undertake refugee status determination for urban refugees. Promoting the establishment of a government policy framework related to the protection of persons of concern to UNHCR and alternatives to detention will remain a priority.  
It is anticipated that further progress in the peace process and political reforms in Myanmar will increase opportunities for the return of refugees from Myanmar residing in nine camps along the border. While conditions are not yet fully conducive to promoting large-scale repatriation, UNHCR will facilitate voluntary returns if safety and dignity can be assured. Maintaining adequate resources to ensure that the most vulnerable are able to access repatriation support and services in all camps will be critical.
In the context of mixed maritime movements in the Bay of Bengal, UNHCR will maintain an emergency response presence in the south of Thailand for the protection of Rohingya people of concern to the Office.
In 2017, UNHCR will also continue to scale up support in line with the Government’s efforts to address existing cases of statelessness and mitigate risks of statelessness in Thailand.