Ship to Shore Rights South East Asia

Fisheries and seafood workers in Thailand receive support to recover from COVID-19

Migrant workers and family members in three coastal provinces of Thailand will benefit from financial assistance provided by the ILO Ship to Shore Rights South-East Asia project, supported by the European Union.

Press release | 30 November 2021
Bangkok (ILO News) - Migrant workers working in the fisheries and seafood processing sectors whose jobs and livelihoods have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic will benefit from financial support provided by the ILO Ship to Shore Rights South-East Asia, supported by the European Union (EU).

The grant of US$45,000 (approximately 1.5 million baht) will enable the Foundation for Education and Development (FED) and Proud Association to provide relief support and stabilise the livelihoods of more than 2,000 migrant workers and their families in Phang-nga, Samut Sakhorn and Samut Songkram provinces.

Migrant workers and their families who have lost jobs or seen their incomes reduced will be prioritized as will vulnerable groups such as people with disabilities, pregnant women, infants and young children.

Assistance will include cash transfers, the provision of food and medical supplies as well as the dissemination of health and workers’ rights information related to COVID-19. The grant will be used to create employment and income opportunities in affected communities. Coordination between civil society organizations, migrant workers and local authorities will also be strengthened.

“Migrant workers and their families in Thailand continue to be disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. This grant will help respond to the immediate challenges they face while supporting their social and economic recovery from the crisis,” said Graeme Buckley, ILO Country Director for Thailand, Cambodia and Lao People's Democratic Republic.

Giuseppe Busini, Deputy Head of Mission of the European Union Delegation to Thailand said “The EU, ILO and civil society organizations are closely cooperating to respond to the ongoing pandemic. The activities of the Ship to Shore Rights South-East Asia project will strengthen existing efforts to promote sustainable fisheries and decent work in Thailand, contributing to closing inequality gaps in the country. We trust that, including thanks to this initiative, migrant workers will continue to play an important role in making Thailand’s economy stronger and more sustainable from a social point of view.”

Mr Htoo Chit, FED director and Mr Pakpoom Sawangkhum, Proud President expressed their sincere appreciation to the ILO and EU for the assistance and continued support of vulnerable migrant workers and their families in Thailand.