The activities encapsulated within the Annual Report for 2021 are reflective of a challenging, yet productive year, in which the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Thailand Country Office adapted and responded to the global COVID-19 pandemic and assisted its beneficiaries to overcome challenges brought by COVID-19.
Migrants are essential to the economic and social development of Thailand. They compensate for a growing shortage of labour and contribute substantially toward the economic well-being of many households. Migrant workers were among the hardest hit by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), but they continue to contribute to the economy across the region as essential workers during the pandemic, especially in key sectors such as health care, domestic work and agriculture.
The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates that no one is safe until everyone is safe. To overcome the pandemic’s effects and build back better, a more migrant-inclusive and mobility-sensitive response is essential. Such approach is also necessary to fulfil commitments made towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) – leaving no one behind. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is dedicated to working together with the Royal Thai Government (RTG) and partners to fully leverage the results in support of economic resilience and recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.