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Thailand hosts 91,401 refugees from Myanmar in the nine temporary shelters run by The Royal Thai Government on the Thai/Myanmar border, approximately 5,000 urban refugees and asylum-seekers from over 40 countries, and some 480,000 stateless persons. The group of refugees residing in the nine camps are of mainly Karen, Karenni and Burmese ethnicity, some of whom have lived in Thailand since the mid-1980s after fleeing conflict between ethnic armed groups and the Myanmar military.

UNHCR’s interventions focus primarily on protection and solutions, with material assistance provided by NGOs. For urban refugees and asylum-seekers, UNHCR continues to undertake refugee status determination, provision of emergency/life-saving health care, legal and social counselling, access to education and psycho-social support. UNHCR works with an NGO partner supporting the Thai authorities to provide legal support to stateless persons in applying for nationality and prevent statelessness in Chiang Rai Province.

The Thailand Multi-Country Office is based in Bangkok. It is responsible for operations in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. 

Additional information

For information about our work in Thailand:

Thailand website

Visit the UNHCR Thailand website for more information on our work in the area and the latest local news and stories. 

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Operational updates

For up-to-date information about our programmes and operations in Thailand, including funding level and donor contributions, visit Global Focus, UNHCR's reporting portal.

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Legislation and guidance

For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.

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