Three years on from the latest exodus of Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar and sought sanctuary in Bangladesh from August 2017 onwards, challenges persist and continue to evolve. The COVID-19 pandemic has added additional complexities.
Over 79.5 Millions of children, women and men have been forced to flee to their home escaping violence, wars, conflicts and persecutions around the world. Your help is essential for their lives. Please donate today.
Urgent Appeal for Coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention and response plan
The COVID-19 outbreak has now been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. UNHCR is urgently appealing to support its prevention and response efforts to protect refugees, displaced people and host communities worldwide.
“I had a leg amputated due to my diabetes … At that time, I didn’t receive any welfare benefits from the hospital, and I had to pay all the costs because they said I was not a Thai national. I was so upset. – Aunty Chanfong-
Millions of people around the world are not citizens of any country. This can be because of discrimination by the State, through gaps in local laws or simply by being born in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Today there are some 97,000 refugees in Thailand. Most refugees (91,806 as of October 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