Community Empowerment at Asylum Access Thailand

Build the capacity of refugees to support their communities and fulfill their own needs. Asylum Access Thailand continues to facilitate a wide variety of refugee-led community empowerment groups.


“Always have faith and be confident…there are always solutions to the problems,” said J the owner of the story from the Journey into the Unknown. An 18-year-old girl who bravely fled from Sri Lanka to Thailand has given us her meaningful messages in this interview.

“ขอแค่มีความหวังและความกล้า…ทุกปัญหาย่อมมีทางออกเสมอ” วลีจาก J เจ้าของเรื่องราวจากวีดีโอ Journey into the Unknown

หญิงสาววัย 18 ปี ผู้ฟันฝ่าอุปสรรคจากประเทศศรีลังกาเพื่อมาขอลี้ภัยในไทย ได้ฝากข้อความที่มีคุณค่าให้แก่เราในบทสัมภาษณ์นี้

Author and Interviewer: Nuchakorn Nunbhakdi, Community Outreach Assistant

Published on Aug 20, 2021

Human Capital and the Employment Situations of Urban Refugees in Thailand

In light of global migration, Bangkok has hosted thousands of refugees who have various skills. Let get to know more about what kind of skills refugees have that will benefit our country through this insight and comprehensive report on refugees’ skills.

เนื่องจากการอพยพโยกย้ายถิ่นที่เกิดขึ้นทั่วโลกนั้น กรุงเทพเป็นสถานที่หนึ่งที่รองรับผู้ลี้ภัยในเมืองหลายพันคนผู้ซึ่งมีทักษะหลากหลาย มาทำความรู้จักกับทักษะที่ผู้ลี้ภัยมีและที่เป็นประโยชน์ต่อเศรษฐกิจบ้านเราผ่านรายงานข้อมูลเชิงลึกฉบับนี้กัน 


Community Outreach Projects

KNOW YOUR OPTIONS (KYO)

Through KYO, AAT aims to provide refugees with information on protection mechanisms, basic services, and refugee-serving organizations to help them navigate the challenges they face in Bangkok. The project also aims to develop refugees’ understanding of Thai culture so that they live harmoniously with Thai communities.

A booklet for asylum seekers and refugees in Thailand

EMPLOYMENT LAW AND SAFETY AT WORK (ELS)

One of the challenges refugees face is unfair and dangerous working conditions. AAT implements the ELS training provided the information of labour and employment law, protection and the knowledge of work safety. This training aims to raise refugee awareness of Thai employment law and safety at work, especially those newcomers in Thailand who may not be familiar with working conditions and recognise their protection.

Employment Law and Safety at Work Booklet

COMMUNITY MENTORSHIP PROJECT

AAT has developed the mentorship project to provide the community mentors with extensive knowledge and information about mentoring in order to assist them to develop the core mentoring skills for engaging in a mutually beneficial teaching and learning relationship with their community. Provided training will focus on particular skills and technical knowledge community mentors need to excel in their role as mentors.

COMMUNITY-BASED SOCIAL SUPPORT GROUP (CBSS)

CBSS seeks to address the gender-specific needs of refugee women and girls through well-established community prevention and response mechanisms with the ultimate goal of enhancing resilience and independence. Provided training and workshops are in the area of psycho-social support, SGBV, gender issues, child protection, and parenting skills.

DEMOCRATIC COLLECTIVE ACTION (DCA)-REFUGEE LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE PROGRAMS

DCA project supports refugee-led groups in pursuing community initiatives through the refugee leadership initiative programs. These groups work to identify and resolve issues in their communities, using a participatory approach. They will be prepared to address their communities’ concern to the public audience and those who are interested in refugees’ issues.

REFUGEE EMPOWERMENT GROUP (REG)

AAT facilitates REG to improve refugees’ access to livelihood opportunities and promote peer support among the community. Through REG, AAT aims to empower refugees in their pursuit of income-generating activities, thus reducing financial stress and uncertainty that many face. There are currently three active groups – two produce handicrafts, while the third helps refugees build food catering businesses. Under these projects, AT helps to facilitate community mentor projects where more experienced group members provide guidance to new members and provide connections to other organizations for business development and networking.

Click Aroi

Click Aroi project equips refugees with cooking skills and creates channels for them to tell stories through their food. In bringing home cooked food from refugee populations to the public, Click Aroi is a platform through which refugee communities can share their cultures and cuisines.

CHAMALiiN

CHAMALiiN’s handicraft program offers women from refugee communities in Bangkok the opportunity to become economically empowered through their art. Participants invent patterns based on traditional Hmong and Henna designs, which are incorporated into various products.


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  • Human Capital and the Employment Situations of Urban Refugees in Thailand
    In light of global migration, Bangkok has hosted thousands of refugees who have various skills. Let get to know more about what kind of skills refugees have that will benefit our country through this insight and comprehensive report on refugees’ skills. เนื่องจากการอพยพโยกย้ายถิ่นที่เกิดขึ้นทั่วโลกนั้น กรุงเทพเป็นสถานที่หนึ่งที่รองรับผู้ลี้ภัยในเมืองหลายพันคนผู้ซึ่งมีทักษะหลากหลาย มาทำความรู้จักกับทักษะที่ผู้ลี้ภัยมีและที่เป็นประโยชน์ต่อเศรษฐกิจบ้านเราผ่านรายงานข้อมูลเชิงลึกฉบับนี้กัน 
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