What We Do
The UN Refugee Agency is a lifeline for people displaced by violence, conflict and persecution. UNHCR helps them survive, recover and rebuild their lives. UNHCR’s focus is on basic needs and rights—like shelter, water, food, safety and protection from harm.
In Thailand, there are an estimated 120,000 Myanmar refugees remaining in the nine camps in Thailand, including more than 40,000 not registered by the Thai authorities and some 8,000 asylum seekers in Thailand. Most refugees are ethnic minorities from Myanmar, mainly Karen and Karenni, who live in nine camps in four provinces along the Thai-Myanmar border. The Thai government runs all camps, with most assistance provided by non-governmental organisations (NGOs), while UNHCR focuses on protection activities and programmes to ensure that refugees live in safety and relative security within the camps
Every year, we help millions of people whose lives have been turned upside down by crisis. Whenever and wherever people are uprooted by conflict, UNHCR is there offering life-saving assistance, safeguarding their rights and restoring hope, safety and dignity. Read more
UNHCR works in more than 125 countries around the world. Our staff are based in some of the most isolated, volatile and challenging places in the world—reaching uprooted people most in need with critical humanitarian assistance. Read more