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The Migrant Working Group (MWG) was established in response to the injustice of the 2006 migrant registration scheme which installed a “bail” system. A number of like-minded organizations realized the great potential of collaborative synergies and formed a network. Since 2006, monthly meetings have been held to exchange information, analyze problems, identify policy issues and facilitate joint advocacy activities with government agencies, academic institutions and civil society organizations (CSOs) in three core areas: health, education and labour rights.


  • All migrants in Thailand can enjoy/claim their rights, access rights protection, and have a quality of life with the respect of their human dignity without discrimination.


  • Civil society organizations and government agencies work together to promote and protect migrant populations in Thailand so they have equality of fundamental human rights and quality of life.
  • A network of civil society organizations that equally promotes and protects basic rights of migrants in Thailand and improves their quality of life.
  • A network of civil society organizations with specialization in migrant population issues that improves the quality of life of migrant workers, and promotes and protects the rights of migrant workers through policy and legal advocacy.


  • Advocating for the promotion and protection of rights, and improving the quality of life for migrant workers in order to improve policies and laws.
  • Strengthening the network.
  • Fostering collaboration between civil society organizations and all stakeholders concerning migrant issues.
  • Promoting multicultural co-existence in the ASEAN context.
  • Building up a body of knowledge pertaining to migrant populations for Thai society.


  1. Developing a database for, a communication mechanism between, and the capacity and knowledge of the network members.
  2. Developing mechanisms on policy and legal advocacy that will promote and protect the rights of migrants, and improve the quality of the lives of migrants.
  3. Developing public communication strategies to raise awareness and understanding about migrant issues.
  4. Raising funds to create sustainability of the network and member organizations.
  5. Developing collaboration between the network and other partner networks about migrant issues.


  • Asylum Access Thailand
  • Child’s Dream Foundation
  • Diocesan Social Action of Suratthani Catholic Foundation (DISAC)
  • Enhancing Community Capacity for Sustainable Development (ECCSD)
  • Foundation of AIDS Rights (FAR)
  • Foundation for Education and Development (FED)
  • Foundation for Rural Youth (FRY)
  • Friend of Women (FoW)
  • Fortify Rights
  • Human Right Development Foundation (HRDF)
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • International Rescue Committee (IRC)
  • Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS)
  • Labour Rights Promotion Network (LPN)
  • MAP Foundation
  • Myanmar Rivers in Thailand (MRT)
  • National Catholic Commission Migration (NCCM)
  • PATH2HEALTH Foundation
  • Foundation for Women
  • Save the Children Thailand
  • World Education
  • Word Vision Foundation of Thailand

Geographical coverage of the network’s core members: Bangkok, Suratthani, Phang Nga, Rayong, Ranong, Phuket, Tak, Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai, Samut Prakarn, Samut Sakorn, Samut Songkram, Chumporn, Nongkhai, Chonburi and Trad.

Partner organizations:

  • Government agencies, academic institutions, international organizations, embassies, NGOs, CBOs, Thai labourer networks, experts on migration, professional councils/associations, independent constitutional organs, and media.

Target groups of MWG:

Primary targets: Myanmar, Lao and Cambodian migrant workers residing in Thailand, and their dependents

Secondary targets: stateless persons and persons without nationality