Operation: Opération: Thailand



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Key Figures

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 Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Decrease in
2017 593,241
2016 599,459
2015 560,832


[["Refugees",54446],["Refugee-like situation",50169],["Asylum-seekers",2077],["Stateless",486440],["Others of concern",109]]
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Working environment

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.

Key Priorities

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.