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Universal Birth Registration in Chiangmai

Giving Thai citizenship to stateless and non-citizen people.

Plan Thailand aims to protect children from abuse neglect and exploitation by raising awareness on the rights of children and by ensuring their right to identity and citizenship. This is made possible through legal clinics on birth registration that are accessible to community members, government agencies, partner organizations, parents, and children; the child protection mechanism in the communities; and through research and advocacy to help strengthen the enforcement of child protection laws.


I used to apply often for a job but no one would accept me. Then when I did get a job, I got paid very low wages because I was not a documented citizen of the country.

"Since Plan International Thailand supported me and I acquired Thai citizenship, my chances of better employment are improved so I would like to go back to Chiang Mai city to look for a decent job in order to earn a fair salary to support my kids. ." said Napue.

In the past three years (July 2011- June 2014), we have worked with partners in the legalization of the status for   25,969 individuals and we also assisted  2,235 stateless and non-citizen people  to acquire Thai citizenship.  This number includes children and young people who are now enjoying their Thai citizenship; with 400 of them having been granted citizenship by DNA test results.

Plan Thailand’s MOU with the Fang District Office of Chiang Mai Province regarding joint collaboration on UBR (Universal Birth Registration) has resulted in improved efficiency in the registration process for ethnic groups with an up-to-date electronic UBR database system.  These improvements were recognized by the Department Of Provincial Administration who has replicated the electronic UBR database model nationwide.