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RSO attends a meeting on the Lessons Learned and the way Forward: Project 'Responding to Cross Border Mobility Challenges at Points of Entry during the COVID-19 Outbreak' 

29 April 2022


RSO attends a meeting on “the Lessons Learned and the Way Forward: Project ‘Responding to Cross Border Mobility Challenges at Points of Entry during the COVID-19 Outbreak” held by IOM Thailand. The eleven (11) months project commenced in June 2021 and closed out in April 2022, and was funded by the Australian Government and implemented by IOM Thailand in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand (MOPH) and Thai Immigration Bureau (TIB).

Mr. Damien Kilner, Regional Director Mekong Region, Australian Embassy, stated in his opening remark that the project is important for reopening the border, people who want to visit family, and mobility of people along the border.

Dr. Soawapak Hinjoy, Director of the Office of International Cooperation, Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) presented about Covid-19 related public health responses among migrants in Thailand both at the national level and the point of entry (PoE) of Thailand. Dr. Soawapak Hinjoy stressed that interagency coordination and multi-stakeholder collaborations are the way forward for a successful public health response.

Representatives from the Thai Immigration Bureau (TIB) presented about “Immigration and border measures during COVID-19 pandemic and readiness for reopening of the land borders and interception of irregular migrants”. TIB stated that in combating the smuggling of migrants, there is a need for cooperation and data sharing between origin, transit, and destination countries to prepare for the response.

Finally, IOM presented recommendations based on the study of policies, measures, and practices of the Thai Government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.