MitrThai is an inter-agency collaboration working on promoting the protection and skill development of migrant workers from Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar who migrate to work in Thailand through the dissemination of information, knowledge and legal advice as well as other relevant services that migrant workers can access. This includes the information on, for instance, pre-departure preparation, working and living in Thailand, as well as access to health services, education, skills development for migrant workers, and rights and protection. All of this information is beneficial to both migrant workers and their dependents.
Since 2020, MitrThai has received the support from the The Poverty Reduction through Safe Migration, Skills Development and Enhanced Job Placement in Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar and Thailand (PROMISE) Programme, which is led by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in partnership with UN WOMEN, and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
MirThai is driven by multi-organizations consists of the Migrant Working Group (MWG), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), UN Women, Quizrr, and MOVE.
Migrant Working Group (MWG) was formed by a coalition of local NGOs who have a common views on the inequality of migrant workers social security registration system back in 2006. The organizations have then recognized the importance of coalition and agreed to organize a monthly meeting since February 2006 until nowadays. The Working Group meets to change information, analyse the problems, discuss policies and organize activities to work with government officials, academia and CSOs in three main issues which are health, education, and labour rights. The objective is to support migrant workers in accessing to rights and protection and good standard of living with the respect of human rights and without discrimination.
See more information about MWG at https://www.mwgthailand.org/.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is a related organization of the United Nations and is the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration. The Kingdom of Thailand joined IOM as a member state in 1986 and is now one of the largest country offices worldwide with more than 320 staff and more than 35 programmes being implemented. IOM Thailand’s main office is located in Bangkok with other eight offices in Bangkok Metropolitan Area, Chiangmai, Mae Hong Son, Mae Sariang, and Mae Sot.
IOM Thailand’s most significant areas of work are programmes related to migrant workers, private sector engagement, migration research, counter trafficking, emergency and crisis management, immigration and border management, migration health and resettlement.
For more information about IOM, please visit IOM website at https://thailand.iom.int
UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to supporting the elimination of discrimination against women and girls, empowering women and give women and people of all genders benefits from equal development, human rights, peace and security. Empowering women to achieve economic equality is of paramount importance in today’s world. Migrant workers also play a significant role in driving countries’ economy, both at the individual and societal levels.
For more information about UN Women, please visit https://asiapacific.unwomen.org
Quizrr is a digital platform on social sustainability.
Quizrr offers innovative digital training to improve social responsibility among global supply chains. It helps educating workers around the world on the topic of rights and responsibilities., health and safety, ethical recruitment, business discussion and many more. It has an easy-to-use platform includes films and quizzes which effectively help expanding the training to all levels of workers with social issues and perspectives essential for sustainable production. For more information, please visit www.quizrr.se
MOVE was initiated in 2020 and is an expansion of The Nordic Initiative, a successful venture where Axfoundation, together with ten Nordic food companies, including Axfood, Coop and ICA, joined forces in 2017 to raise levels of knowledge about working conditions at supplier factories in Thailand. Using the positive experience of the educational efforts made in Thailand as a springboard, MOVE is now turning to companies and organizations in all countries and industries. The United Nations’ International Organization for Migration (IOM), is a key partner in MOVE.
The goal is to strengthen migrant workers in global supply chains through information on COVID-19 prevention and training in rights. In the autumn of 2020, MOVE launched its first pilot, a mobile app with training in four languages for migrant workers in Thailand that has been hit particularly hard by the corona pandemic.
In the Thailand pilot, MOVE collaborates with two tech companies, the Swedish edtech company Quizrr and the Canadian Ulula. Quizrr builds knowledge in rights and responsibilities, health and safety, worker representation, wage management and ethical recruitment. Ulula specializes in digital impact assessments and surveys for workers. These components are merged in the mobile app, which also includes COVID -19 animations produced by IOM. IOM has a special website for migrants, mitrthai.com, which refers to the app. The website and app together form a digital platform in four languages, where migrants from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos can receive support, information and training. Local chat groups and social media are also connected to the platform.
MOVE includes partners such as Axfood, Axfoundation, Electrolux, HP, International Organization for Migration, Quizrr, Ulula and Unil (NorgesGruppen).
Find out more about MOVE at axfoundation.se/move
Ulula is an analytical software and platform building on our expertise leveraging digital technology to engage workers and communities around the world. We provide continuous insights and communication solutions anywhere, anytime and in real-time for resilient communities and workplaces.
Ulula is located in Toronto, New York and Lyon and works in more than 25 countries with more than one million stakeholders around the world. Find out more about Ulula at: www.ulula.com
“We are excited to work with IOM and Quizrr to offer a set of tools that helps supporting local CBOs and migrant workers in accessing to information and their work reports” – Antoine Heuty, Ulula CEO
Axfood is a leading food retail group in Sweden and the second largest player in the Swedish food retail market. Axfood family includes Willys, Hemköp, Tempo, Axfood Snabbgross, Mat.se and Middagsfrid. Sustainability is the key for Axfood. Our vision is to be the leader in good and sustainable food.
Unil AS is responsible for import, development, purchasing and marketing of products under NorgesGruppen’s own brands, and has a portfolio of approximately 4,000 products. Unil AS is owned by NorgesGruppen. Our brands are sold to both the grocery and catering sector (petrol stations, kiosks, fast food restaurants, canteens and hotels). We have products in the categories food, pet food and non-food.
Our vision is to create technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere — every person, every organization, and every community around the globe. This motivates us — inspires us — to do what we do. To make what we make. To invent, and to reinvent. To engineer experiences that amaze. We won’t stop pushing ahead, because you won’t stop pushing ahead. You’re reinventing how you work. How you play. How you live. With our technology, you’ll reinvent your world.
HP is delighted to be part of the programmes that benefit workers in Thailand, including programmes supporting migrant workers in Thailand that help them access to COVID-19 related information