Thailand Gearing up to Welcome up to 100,000 Refugees Escalating Conflict in Myanmar


Thailand is gearing up to welcome up to 100,000 refugees in the wake of escalating conflict in Myanmar following the capture of the border town Myawaddy by rebel forces. Foreign Affairs Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara announced the country’s readiness to provide temporary refuge in safe areas after recent discussions with Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and top military officials. The government also has plans to engage in talks with international partners for additional support if the influx of refugees surpasses the anticipated numbers.

The announcement came amidst an assessment of the ongoing turmoil in Myanmar and the impact on bilateral trade, which has seen a 30% decrease in Mae Sot district. Despite the disruptions, the Thai-Myanmar border remains open, with contingency plans to reroute trade through other border provinces if necessary.

In response to the situation, the prime minister has established a committee, which he will chair, to include members from the National Security Council, the Foreign Affairs Ministry, and security agencies. A subcommittee will also be set up to evaluate the situation regularly and provide updates to the central committee.

In a recent online statement, Srettha highlighted the significance of the Myanmar situation to Thailand and detailed the government’s strategy for aiding those impacted by the conflict and reducing potential effects on Thailand.

The preceding is a press release from the Thai Government PR Department.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.