Irregular Maritime Migration in the Bay of Bengal Region: The Challenges of Protection, Management, and Cooperation

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July 29, 2015

Bangkok, Thailand

IOM Asia Pacific


Andrew Bruce, Regional Director, IOM Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Alistair Boulton, Assistant Regional Representative for Protection, UNHCR

Penny Herasati, Minister/Counsellor, Embassy of Indonesia    

Sophie Nonnenmacher, Migration Policy Advisor, Regional Support Office for The Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons, and Related Transnational Crime

Jakrit Ruangkajorn, First Secretary, Chief of Migration Section, Social Division, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand


Jeffrey Labovitz, Chief of Mission, IOM Thailand

As a vast region with myriad islands, peninsulas, and ancient sea routes, maritime migration is part of Asia’s tradition. But it has become increasingly complex as refugees and irregular migrants move around the region by sea, challenging governments in the Asia-Pacific region to control their borders, regulate immigration, and fulfill their obligations under international law. This Issue in Brief looks at the emerging trends in irregular migration in the Bay of Bengal region, and explores how countries can cooperate to enhance migration management and protection of these migrants.

Please join the International Organization for Migration and the Migration Policy Institute at a breakfast briefing to discuss these critical issues and launch the Issue in Brief, Irregular Maritime Migration in the Bay of Bengal Region: The Challenges of Protection, Management and Cooperation, the thirteenth in this joint-publication series offering succinct insights on migration issues affecting the Asia-Pacific region today.

The Rajanakarn Building is a short walk from the Chong Nongsi BTS station and is right beside the Ascott Sathorn building and Empire Tower. To RSVP please contact Sabira Coelho by email: or by phone: (02) 343-9423.

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Source: Migration Policy Ins