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Aphichat Chamratrithirong is a Professor at the Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University and serves as Director of the Mahidol Migration Center as well as Chair of the International Master Degree Program on Population and Reproductive Health Research.
Between 1998 and 2003, Dr. Chamratrithirong was Regional Advisor for the Population Census and Survey Data Analysis, Country Support Team for East and Southeast Asia, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). He was President of Thailand’s Population Association from 1991 to 1994, and Treasurer of the Asian Population Association between 2008 and 2010. In 2012 he received the Distinguished Researcher Award (Sociology) from the National Research Council of Thailand.
Thailand is well positioned to take advantage of the benefits of migration. This brief examines the country’s migration challenges and two basic approaches to regularizing labor migration: Memoranda of Understanding with migrant-sending neighbors and nationality verification as a preliminary step for work permit application by unauthorized immigrants.