Despite in 2016 Thailand has been upgraded from Tier 3 to Tier 2 in the US Trafficking in Persons report after having received in 2015 a ‘yellow card’ from Europe for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities (IUU), which also relate to forced labour and trafficking within the fishing industry, is still cause of concern. Failure to prove that the Royal Thai Government has exerted sufficient effort to handle these issues could lead to high economic sanctions. What is the response of the Thai Government? Read more  

To combat human trafficking both Thai and Cambodian Governments have introduced various legislations. However many are oriented towards national security and ensuring labour for Thai economy rather than protecting workers’ rights. This makes laws and regulations ineffective in promoting safe migration and preventing human trafficking.. We considered it was paramount to review both  anti-trafficking and labour migration laws and regulations to identify gaps and inconsistencies in their phrasing and enforcement.

Therefore, MIG-RIGHT project partners, in cooperation with Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe, Asian Institute of Technology, have conducted a research  “Labour Migration and Human Trafficking. An analysis of laws, regulations and policies in Thailand and Cambodia”. It is a desk analysis of laws regulations and policies related to labour migration in Thailand and Cambodia.

The study aims to identify areas that various stakeholders need to address to combat human trafficking and ensure safe migration of Cambodians to Thailand. In particular the research reviews current legislations on human trafficking and labour migration in Thailand and Cambodia; assesses the effect of the implementation of such legislations and provides recommendations for various stakeholders (governments, international community and civil society) to focus on.

The research has been developed within the MIG-RIGHT project, co-funded by the European Union. Its aim is to lay ground for the further migration-related operations and set further course of action.

Read the entire research: “Labour Migration and Human Trafficking. An analysis of laws, regulations and policies in Thailand and Cambodia”, Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe, Asian Institute of Technology  

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