“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)
Professor Aphichat Chamratrithirong, Director of Mahidol Migration Center, Institute for Population and Social Research, with Associate Professor Sureeporn Punpuing proposed the concept of replacement migration in the demographic transition theory by presenting a paper on The “Regional Demographic Transition towards Peace and Prosperity: A Case Study of Thailand and its Neighboring Countries”, at The International Conference on Prospects for Peace and Prosperity in the New Age, organized by Department of Diplomacy and International Relations, Tamkang University, Taiwan.
3 November 2016: Dr. Luicy Pedroza from German Institute of Global and Area Studies and Research Fellow at GIGA- Institute of Latin American Studies (GIGA-Germany) came to visit MMC at Mahidol University to share research activities and discuss the possibility on research collaboration between the two institutes.
Dr. Sureeporn Punpuing, Dr. Dusita Phuengsamran, Dr. Aree Phrommoh and Ms. Pattraporn Chuenglertsiri participated in the workshop on Europe-South East Asia migration to build academic exchanges and research partnerships between Institute for Population and Social Research Mahidol, Sussex, National University Singapore (Dr. Brenda Yeoh) and Humboldt Berlin (Dr. Magdalena Nowicka). Specifically, on 17th March, the Sussex-Mahidol Migration Partnerships was launched officially. The events was also participated by Emeritus Professor Prof. Ronald Skeldon of the University of Sussex.
The SCMR team from Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex, Professor Paul Statham, Director, Dr. Sarah Scuzzarello and Professor Ronald Skeldon, met with MMC colleagues from the Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University. Professor Skeldon gave a Sussex-Mahidol Migration Partnership Seminar on “Migration in Asia: Reflections on Empirical and Conceptual Foundations”.
SUSSEX-MAHIDOL Migration Partnership (SMMP) under the Newton Advanced Fellowship discussed their migration study and research activities in 2016.
Associate Professor Dr. Kritaya Archavanitkul and Assistant professor Dr. Chalermpol Chamchan from Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University participate as the moderators and speakers in the National Workshop organized by The Raks Thai Foundation and Partners on “Management of Health Service System for Cross-Border Migrants in Thailand : No One Should Be Left Out” on the occasion of the International Cross-Border Labor Day 2015, on 18 December 2015, The Emerald Hotel, Bangkok.
From University of Sussex, Professor Paul Statham, Director, Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR), and Deputy Director of Proposed, Centre for Innovation and Research in Wellbeing, visited and had a meeting with IPSR Faculty on A Sussex-Mahidol University Partnership Towards Building a European/SE Asian Research Network on Migration.
This Sussex-Mahidol University Research Partnership aims to develop new research on migration flows between Europe and SE Asia with a focus on care, wellbeing and retirement, and marriage, sex tourism and cultural interaction. It is led by the Sussex Centre for Migration Research in collaboration with the Proposed Centre for Innovation and Research in Wellbeing, and the Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR) and Mahidol Migration Center (MMC) at Mahidol University, Thailand.
Dr.Aree Jampaklay presents a poster session on “Does the Unrest Affect Migration? : Evidence from the Three Southernmost Provinces of Thailand” at Population Association of America Annual Conference 2015, San Diego.
The research project on “Muslim Women’s Migration and the Unrest in the Three Southernmost Provinces” was funded by the Thai government after being reviewed by the National Research Council of Thailand in October 2013. After the fieldwork and the data processing was finished, Dr. Aree Jampaklay, Professor Aphichat Chamratrithirong, Dr. Kathleen Ford and the Research Team went to Satun for the analysis and writing workshop during 22-25 April, 2015.
Research and Development Project on Survey and Estimates of Housing Demand for Migrant Workers in Thailand during the 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan (2017-2021) for the ASEAN Community was funded by the National Housing Authority, Thailand from November 2014 – October 2015. After the research instruments were drafted, Professor Pramote Prasartkul, Professor Aphichat Chamratrithirong, Dr.Bhubate Samutachak and the Research Team went to Myanmar to carry out the fieldwork during 15-17 March, 2015 and went to Cambodia during 29-31 March, 2015.
Dr.Chalermpol Chamchan of Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University presented the results of the External Evaluation of the AIDS Program, Under the GF-SSF Round Project: “Evaluation for Migrants and Ethnic Minorities” which was funded by Principle Recipient Administration Office, Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health.
The research project on “Muslim Women’s Migration and the Unrest in the Three Southernmost Provinces” ( M&M) was funded by the Thai government after being reviewed by The National Research Council of Thailand in October 2013. After the research instruments were drafted, Dr. Aree Jampaklay, Prof. Aphichat Chamratrithirong, Dr.Kathleen Ford and the Research Team went to Pattani to carry out the pretest during 5-8 March, 2014. The fieldwork will start at the end of March when the data will be collected in 20 villages and 10 urban sites in all of the districts in the three Southernmost provinces. Collaboration with local research team and local communities is the most important factor on the success of this project.
The “Impact Evaluation” of the Prevention of HIV and AIDS among Migrant Workers in Thailand-2 (PHAMIT-2) Program has carried out its field work starting with Myanmar migrants worker in Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Ranong, Tak, Surat Thani and Nonthaburi. 4 – 31 October 2013 and will interview migrants from Lao PDR and Cambodia in November-December 2013. The total sample will be 3,600 migrants in 11 provinces in Thailand.
With the support from Canadian Fund for Local Initiative, The Embassy of Canada, Mahidol Migration Center, Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, in collaboration with Thai Frozen Food Association and Thai Food Processors Association, co-organized a successful and first of its kind, Collaborative Workshop on “Dialogues between Migrant Workers and Employers” at Ramada D’ma Hotel, Bangkok.
Expert Group Meeting for “Thailand Migration Report 2011” Co-organized by the MMC and the UN Thematic Working Group (TWG) on Migration, at Salaya Pavilion Hotel Mahidol University, Salaya, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand.
MMC Consultative Meeting on “Migration and Health Policy”.
The launch date for the MMC is the 1st of July 2010, during the 6th annual IPSR conference. Krungthon Ballroom, 3rd Fl., Royal River Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.