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Help Refugees During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

COVID-19, the coronavirus pandemic, endangers everyone on the planet – including refugees and other people displaced who forced to flee their homes by persecution, conflict and disaster, and already dealing with the toughest circumstances imaginable, the stakes are high.

UNHCR is stepping up health, water, sanitation and hygiene services to protect refugees and displaced people. We are working with governments, which lead the coronavirus response, to ensure that people forced to flee are included in preparation and response plans.


216 countries, areas or territories 

globally affected by COVID-19

134 refugee-hosting countries

reporting local transmission of COVID-19

79.5 million people

forcibly displaced around the world

Last updated 14 August 2020 
(Image: © Ritzau Scanpix)

© Ritzau Scanpix

Refugees in Thailand


Today there are some 97,000 refugees in Thailand. Most refugees (91,803 as of December 2020, under reverification) are ethnic minorities from Myanmar, mainly Karen and Karenni, who live in nine camps in four provinces along the Thai-Myanmar border. There are also approximately 5,000 refugees and asylum-seekers of some 40 nationalities who live in Bangkok and the surrounding urban areas

Numbers of refugees in Thailand:

96,803 people

Number of camps in Thailand:

9 camps

Map of Thailand and the camps

Last updated 31 December 2020

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