Operation: Opération: Thailand



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Key Figures

2018 planning figures
20,000 stateless persons will receive counselling and assistance to prepare citizenship applications
4,000 refugee children from Myanmar will be registered and provided with birth certificates
1,200 vulnerable urban refugees will be assisted though cash-based interventions
2016 end-year results
56% reduction in RSD backlog 
16,600 stateless people received support in preparing application for citizenship
8,200 formerly stateless people acquired citizenship
5,300 refugees were resettled to seven resettlement countries
820 urban refugee home vulnerability assessments completed in Bangkok
500 urban cases received cash assistance
480 refugee children between 6 and 17 years old were enrolled in primary and secondary schools in Bangkok
70 refugees returned to Myanmar under facilitated voluntary repatriation

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Increase in
2016 599,459
2015 560,832
2014 644,761


[["Refugees",54251],["Refugee-like situation",52196],["Asylum-seekers",5010],["Stateless",487741],["Others of concern",261]]
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Year-end Overview

Plan Overview

Working environment

Continued stabilization in parts of Southeast Myanmar could provide favorable conditions for facilitated voluntary repatriation of refugees residing in nine camps on the Thai-Myanmar border.
Progress made on Thailand’s commitments will continue to improve protection for people of concern in urban areas.
In 2016, the Government of Thailand endorsed UNHCR’s “#IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness” and adopted the policy goal of “zero statelessness”, making a series of changes to better integrate and increase acquisition of Thai nationality for stateless persons. Since 2012, over 30,000 formerly stateless persons in Thailand have acquired citizenship. The Government is also expected to continue to demonstrate strong political will to resolve statelessness in 2018.

Key priorities

UNHCR will continue facilitating 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 absence of a formal national asylum framework, UNHCR will continue to undertake refugee status determination for urban refugees, while supporting the Government in its efforts to establish a national screening mechanism.
  • UNHCR will continue to work with the Government to seek alternatives to detention for persons of concern.
  • UNHCR will seek ways to support the government in accelerating efforts to resolve statelessness.