Connect with us


Royal Thai Army to set up refugee camps for those fleeing Myanmar




Vigil supporting Myanmar's democracy movement / Photo by Macau Photo Agency for Unsplash

With 100 people thought to be dead in Myanmar since the military took power last month, the Royal Thai Army plans to set up temporary camps for Burmese nationals fleeing the neighbouring country to escape political violence. Some say the actual death toll is much higher.

Refugee camps will be set up in Ranong and Chumphon which border Myanmar’s southern-most region. Most of the violence has been around 1,300 kilometres north in Yangon where the military regime recently imposed martial law in 2 townships.

The shelters will be temporary, commander of the Thep Satri Task Force Santi Sakuntak told the Bangkok Post. He says the migrants will be sent back to Myanmar once the situation eases.

The Thai-Myanmar land border stretches 2,400 kilometres. It’s unclear why just 2 camps are being set up in the south rather than at major border towns like Tak’s Mae Sot district.

Last week, the Human Rights Watch called on Thai authorities to stop expelling asylum seekers at the Myanmar border, citing a recent incident where Thai officers caught 8 Burmese people who were crossing the Ruak River from the border town Tachileik and sent them back to their home country.

Thailand’s officers have been cracking down on migrants long before the military coup in Myanmar due to concerns about the potential spread of Covid-19. Patrol along the Myanmar border tightened back in December after hundreds of Burmese migrants at a fishing hub in Samut Sakhon tested positive for the virus, sending Thailand into a wave of infections.

The organisation’s director for refugee and migrant rights, Bill Frelick, says Thai authorities should stop pushing back people who are fleeing Myanmar.

“The Thai government should immediately allow all asylum seekers fleeing the violent crackdown in Myanmar access to desperately needed protection.”

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | Human Rights Watch


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.



  1. Avatar

    Ian Jones

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    Why don’t give them two year free work visa and pay for healthcare. They going to end up as cheap work labor any way in a fishing village near you…

  2. Avatar

    Patrick Robert Marcel nouvel

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    let them in save their lives, buld up camps with help of the ONG and ONU


  3. Avatar


    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    It shouldn’t be a question to vaccinate everyone in that camp.

  4. Avatar

    funny coz its true

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 6:53 am

    Out of the frying pan, into the exploitative fire.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

If you have story ideas, a restaurant to review, an event to cover or an issue to discuss, contact The Thaiger editorial staff.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand6 mins ago

5 Pattani men arrested for allegedly posing as police officers to extort locals

World50 mins ago

Thai woman tricked into human trafficking in Dubai brought home safely

Phuket2 hours ago

Alleged cable thief busted in Phuket, accomplice possibly still at large

Sponsored25 mins ago

HOMA is now offering fully-serviced, affordable lifestyle apartments in Phuket Town.

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Thailand2 hours ago

Thaiger Bites | Your Feedback and Comments! | Ep. 23

Guides2 hours ago

Bangkok’s best fresh markets to visit

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Wednesday Covid Update: 11,252 new cases; provincial totals

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
World2 hours ago

Tesla stock dive costs Elon Musk $7 billion, World’s Richest Man title

Kanchanaburi3 hours ago

Kanchanaburi temple that served as a rehab closes amidst shocking abuse allegations

Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

Post-Covid condition MIS-C afflicted 30 to 40 children, 1 death

Thailand3 hours ago

Morning Top Stories | New disease control law, Thai border patrol tightens security | September 22 |

Thailand4 hours ago

Manhunt underway for foreigner who allegedly prepared bread using his feet

Phuket4 hours ago

Burmese man arrested for rape and assault of Thai woman

Guides4 hours ago

Bangkok’s best weekend picnic spots

Guides4 hours ago

The 8 most beautiful natural sights to see in Krabi

Guides5 hours ago

The complete guide for the most unique experiences in Phuket

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14 | Thaiger
Thailand1 week ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism7 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11