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Top Stories : Statement by the Delegation of Thailand, Mr. Pongsiri Vorapongse, Second Secretary, Enhanced interactive dialogue on migrants (agenda item 3), at the 34th session of the Human Rights Council, on 10 March 2017

Statement by the Delegation of Thailand

Mr. Pongsiri Vorapongse, Second Secretary,

Enhanced interactive dialogue on migrants (agenda item 3)

at the 34th session of the Human Rights Council

on 10 March 2017

 

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Mr. President,

Over the past four decades, Thailand has hosted over a million displaced persons. Thailand is also home to an estimated three million migrant workers, both documented and undocumented.

Allow me to share Thailand’s experience in protecting and promoting the rights of migrants.

First, we recognize that migration is a vital source of dynamism for economic development. Our aim is to ensure that the migrants live with dignity, free from discrimination and exploitation, taking into account our domestic law, humanitarian considerations and international obligations. We try to find durable and pragmatic solutions, such as to enable undocumented migrants to register in order to gain access to essential services.

All registered migrants have access to healthcare services identical to Thai citizens, thanks to affordable health insurance and universal health coverage for migrants and their dependents.

Migrants’ children are eligible for nine-year basic education regardless of their nationality or legal status.

Moreover, the Thai Government has closely collaborated with the International Organization for Migration to provide comprehensive, sustainable and cost-effective health services and raise awareness on health issues for migrants communities.

Mr. President,

Managing migration, including irregular migration, requires members of the international community to share the burden and take up their collective responsibilities.

For Thailand’s part, we will continue to take a multi-pronged approach with a view to addressing the root causes and ensuring respect for the human rights of migrants.

 

Thank you, Mr. President.