The EU has an office in Bangkok, which supports all of its humanitarian projects in East and Southeast Asia – as well as the Pacific region.
EU humanitarian operations began in Thailand in 1995, and have since responded to numerous natural and man-made crises. Funding for these activities has reached almost €121 million.
Much of this aid has been channelled to help Burmese refugees living in camps along the Thai border. The EU has provided support to these people for over 20 years through the delivery of food aid, health assistance and protection services.
In response to a sharp increase in the number of asylum seekers arriving in Thailand over the past few years, further funding was allocated in 2016 to support the United Nations’ Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
A total of €925 000 has also been provided to meet the humanitarian needs of Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshi migrants who have travelled into Thailand since 2013.
In addition, EU has provided emergency relief assistance in times of natural disasters, such as in the wake of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the 2011 floods.
To find out more about how the EU supports refugees in Thailand, please have a look at this factsheet.