“International Migration of Thai Migrants: Situation, Management, and Protection”
Thailand Research Fund together with Mahidol Migration Centre of Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University organized a workshop “International Migration of Thai Migrants: Situation, Management, and Protection” on Friday 22 December 2017 at Novotel, Siam Square hotel, Bangkok. Professor Dr. Isra Sarntisart gave an opening remark followed by a keynote speech titled “Thai cross- borders migrants: Situation, policy and research directions” by Associate Professor Dr. Krittaya Archavanitkul. The main topics of discussions were on Migration Management, Right, Protection and Economic Impacts with 3 migrant groups, including 1) Unskilled Thai Migrants, 2) Skilled and Semi-skilled Thai Migrants, and 3) Life-style Thai Migrants. There were about 70 academics and key policy stakeholders participated in the discussion to identify research opportunity and policy recommendation on the issues in each session.
5 September, 2017: Professor Dr. Aphichat Chamratrithirong, Director of Mahidol Migration Center delivered a keynote address on the Meeting on “Cross border Migration, State of Knowledge on Cross border Migration Management and Protection” organized by Associate Professor Dr. Sureeporn Punpuing, Mahidol Migration Center, Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University with the support of The Thailand Research Fund, at Mercure Hotel, Bangkok. The meeting was attended by participants from national research institutes and academic community on international migration research, NGO’s and national funding agency.
IPSR member participated in the 9th EUROSEAS Conference
During 16th – 18th August 2017, IPSR members, including Asst. Dr. Manasigan Kanchanachitra, Dr. Dusita Phuengsamran, and Ms. Pattraporn Chuenglertsiri attened the 9th EUROSEAS conference at the Oxford University, Oxfordshire, the United Kingdom. As an international and multi-disciplinary organisation, EuroSEAS invites scholars and PhD students from all academic disciplines with an interest in Southeast Asia to present papers on research in the field of Southeast Asian Studies.
Dr. Manasikarn Kanchanachitra and Ms. Pattraporn Chuenglertsiri co-authored the paper titled “Thai Way or My Way?: A Qualitative Study of Integration and Well-being among Long-term European Migrants in Thailand. Dr. Dusita Phuengsamran had been working with Professor Paul Statham of the University of Sussex on the research “The Search for a Better Life: How Partnerships with “Older” Westerners Shape Thai Life Changes, Social Relationships and Development”. The two papers were presented in the panel on “Transnational Migrations and gendered motilities between Europe and Thailand’ on 18th August 2017.
Dr. Kathleen Ford, University of Michigan, USA visited and had a meeting with Dr. Aree Jampaklay and Dr. Aphichat Chamratrithirong, Mahidol researchers of the project on Migration Conflict, Religiosity and Mental Health in the Three Southernmost Province of Thailand” funded by the Thai government. The 6-day workshop on data analysis (July 6-12, 2017) at Baan Siriporn Resort, Ampawa, Samutsongkhram. A half-day Research Seminar (July 24, 2017) at Srabua Room, Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, attended by seven senior staff of Mahidol University and Professor Jaruwat Songmueng from Fatoni University, Pattani.
24 April, 2017: Dr. Robert Nurick from Sussex University, visited and had a meeting with Dr. Teeranong Sakulsri, Dr. Charamporn Holumyong and Ms. Reena Tadee from Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, to develop and finalize the research proposal on “Promoting Safe Migration for Temporary Migrants to Thailand” to be approved by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand and to submit for funding to Mekong ROK Cooperation Fund (MKCF)