The new report on compensating victims of trafficking in Thailand and Cambodia

Liberty Asia report

In early 2018, Rapid Asia conducted a study on compensations for trafficking victims in Thailand and Cambodia. The project was commissioned by Liberty Asia, a Hong Kong based international NGO. The final report was launched in November 2018 and titled: “Turning Possibilities into Realities: Compensating Victims of Trafficking under Anti-Trafficking Legal Frameworks in Thailand and… Read more »

Pushing for electronic payment in the Thai fishing industry

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Photo: Free source Interview with Mr. Jason Judd, Chief Technical Advisor, International Labour Organisation (ILO) Country Office for Thailand, Cambodia, and Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The interview took place in Bangkok on October 9, 2018. A recent study (2017) on working conditions in the Thai fishing industry, conducted by Rapid Asia on behalf of the… Read more »

One way to reduce forced labour

Photo: TesfaNews, Ethiopian migrant domestic workers mark International Workers' Day in Beirut by demonstrating for basic rights

A study by Rapid Asia, conducted on behalf of ILO Ethiopia in 2017, estimated that 72 percent of returned migrants could be regarded as forced labour. Most of the returned migrants had entered the Middle East using irregular channels, in many cases going through transit countries, placing them at significant risk of exploitation. The study… Read more »

SEA Junction


Rapid Asia is a Founding Partner of SEA Junction, established on June 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. SEA-Junction (Southeast Asia Junction) provides a venue for interaction on Southeast Asia. Events such as presentations, discussions and film screenings are organized on a regular basis. As the name indicates, “SEA-Junction” is meant to be an informal place of… Read more »

Scand Asia: Opinion “Is Thailand Facing Another Migrant Exodus?”


Mr. Daniel Lindgren, founder of Rapid Asia, provides some insight in light of the proposed Royal Ordinance, under the topic “Is Thailand Facing Another Migrant Exodus?” Thailand has some 3–4 million migrant workers that fill the gap for much needed low-skilled labor and companies in several sectors are dependent on these workers. However, a recent… Read more »

Public Attitudes to Migrant Workers


In 2010 Rapid Asia carried out a four-country study with general population in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Korea to look at attitudes towards migrant workers. The study was commissioned by the ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. A consistent inverse relationship was found between negative attitudes towards migrant workers and the extent to… Read more »

Migration Outcome Index

Photo credit: Undocumented Cambodian migrants arrive by train at Anranya Prathet, Thailand prior to onward transportation to the border. © International Organization of Migration 2014, Joe Lowry

Photo : Undocumented Cambodian migrants arrive by train at Anranya Prathet, Thailand prior to onward transportation to the border. © International Organization of Migration 2014, Joe Lowry Proponents of labor migration argue that migration brings more benefits than disadvantages for those migrating overseas to work. Despite risks of labor abuse, exploitation, and in some cases… Read more »

Public Discussion on the Outcomes of Labor Migration in South-East Asia

Two of the authors and an independent migration expert will discuss the research findings presented in "Risks and rewards: Outcomes of labour migration in South-East Asia" a recently published report by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and Rapid Asia. In particular, they will discuss the newly developed Migration Outcomes Index  and its focus on  measuring changes in the lives of migrant workers beyond economics to better understand the contribution of the migratory experience to development in the region.

Event’s date and time: January 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm In 2017 ILO, IOM, and Rapid Asia conducted a study to obtain a better understanding of the factors that shape migration outcomes in Southeast Asia. The study interviewed over 1800 returnee migrant workers from Cambodia, Viet Nam, Lao PDR and Myanmar who had been employed… Read more »