EU-UNHCR Co-funded Project: Child Protection & Durable Solutions for Camp Refugees along the Thai-Myanmar Border, 2023-2025
The Delegation of the European Union (EU) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Thailand signed an agreement to implement a multi-year project called Support on Child Protection and Durable Solutions to Refugees in the nine camps along the Thai-Myanmar border. The project aims to improve the protection and the rights of refugees living in the camps at the Thailand-Myanmar border with a total budget of 2.1 million USD.
Presently, Thailand continues to host some 91,000 refugees from Myanmar in the nine refugee camps on the Thai/Myanmar border. The refugees residing in these camps are mainly Karen, Karenni, ethnicity, many of whom have lived in Thailand since the mid-1980s.
The project, scheduled from 1 January 2023 to December 2025, will primarily focus on children’s rights in the refugee camps. In the context of forced displacement and protracted encampment, refugee children face a heightened risk of violence, abuse, and exploitation. This project will strengthen effective structures and response services in the refugee camps to improve children’s physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being.
Furthermore, the project will also aim at advancing durable solutions for the refugees. Notably, the project will support advocacy for legal reforms to allow refugees’ right to legally access livelihood opportunities outside the camps and for refugee student to access higher level of education.