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Jerry Huguet is the former Chief of the Population and Development Section, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. He is currently a consultant on population issues. He has co-authored, with Sureeporn Punpuing, International Migration in Thailand (2005); co-authored, with Varamon Ramangkura, The Long Road Home: Analysis of Regional Processes for the Return and Reintegration of Victims of Trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (2007); and co-edited, with Aphichat Chamratrithirong, Thailand Migration Report 2011 – all of which were published by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Bangkok.
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.