The Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR) at Mahidol University conducted a study on immigration and migrant workers, led by Emeritus Professor of Demography Apichat Chamrasritthirong. The study projects that by the end of the 21st century, Thailand’s population will decrease by 50%, leaving less than 30 million people, making it the second country after Japan with such a significant decline. This projected decline poses economic challenges and threatens the standard of living in Thailand if the country fails to integrate foreign professional workers, immigrants/refugees, and migrant workers into the workforce.

Recognizing the significance of this issue, the Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR) at Mahidol University, in collaboration with SEA Junction and the Migrant Working Group, organized a policy recommendation forum to shed light on the projection that 14.4 million Thai workers may disappear by 2060 and to explore the question whether migrant workers could replace them. The event took place in Thai on 18 August 2023, 10.30 am- 12.30 pm at SEA Junction, 4th floor, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) and was live-streamed on their Facebook pages. The English translation is now available on SEA-Junction’s Youtube channel.


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