Since Plan International supported me, I acquired Thai citizenship and my chances of better employment are improved.
Altogether, there would be one million stateless people in Thailand.
To help stateless children to understand their rights and to facilitate both the legalisation of the status of stateless children and the registration of newborns at birth, Plan International initiated a “law clinic” project targeting stateless children aged 12-18 years old as they are able to read and write. Under it, we form a group of stateless youth and educate them about laws and we provide them with guidelines for individuals without Thai nationality to access civil registration.
Plan International also did research and advocacy to help strengthen the enforcement of child protection laws.
In the past 3 years (July 2014- June 2016), Plan International and its partners helpded 17,858 individuals in the legalization of the status and we also assisted 3,703 stateless and non-citizen people to acquire Thai citizenship. This number includes children and young people who are now enjoying their Thai citizenship; with 678 of them having been granted citizenship by DNA test results.
"I used to apply often for a job but no one would accept me. 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 supported me, I acquired Thai citizenship and my chances of better employment are improved. 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.
Plan International 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.