SOCIAL PROTECTION FOR MIGRANT WORKERS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC SITUATION IN THAILAND: A CASE STUDY OF SAMUTSAKORN PROVINCE

  • Sompong Sakaew Labor Network Protection Organization
  • Kwanruen Boonpranee
Keywords: social protection, promotive measure, Preventive Measure, Protection measure, transformative measure, migrant workers, COVID-19

Abstract

The pandemic situation of COVID-19 In Thailand affects social impacts on Thai people and migrant workers where working conditions and normal life have changed and worsened. In particular, migrant workers who are not only directly affected but are also considered carriers of COVID-19 as a super spreader in the country. As a consequence, those migrant workers become the vulnerable group from having to stop working, the number of working days and income have decreased but the daily expenses are the same as before COVID-19 or even it would be increasing. They tend to be out of the loop of assistance. This article aims to show the relevance of how social protection can help migrants overcome these outbreaking situations or mitigate the problems they are facing. The social protection system for migrant workers in Thailand is still quite challenging and should provide measures for the case of migrants, child migrant workers/children on the move, and followers in Samutsakhon Province. There is only short-term assistance but still, be a question of the middle and long-term solutions. Therefore, to have Social Protection, the government should have measures and policies which can be core local community mechanisms to link with the contingency plan and prevention at the level of community and provincial levels. The methodology in this research obtains information and key messages from various related persons by conducting focus groups and addressing the issue related to social protection in the conference with relevant agencies.

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Published
2022-09-21
How to Cite
Sakaew, S., & Boonpranee, K. (2022). SOCIAL PROTECTION FOR MIGRANT WORKERS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC SITUATION IN THAILAND: A CASE STUDY OF SAMUTSAKORN PROVINCE. Social Science Asia, 8(4), 67-76. Retrieved from https://socialscienceasia.nrct.go.th/index.php/SSAsia/article/view/318
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Research Article