Training trainers on migrants and emergency management


Location: Ranong, Thailand

IOM trained 22 government and civil society trainers on reducing the vulnerabilities of migrant populations to crises such as natural disasters and conflicts.

Twenty one officials from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and local municipalities, as well as one official from the Thai Red Cross, came together from the three southern provinces of Ranong, Phang-Nga and Phuket for the three-day Training of Trainers (TOT).

The training encouraged participants to consider how existing disaster preparedness and response strategies could better be adapted to consider the specific needs of migrants. They were also taught how to deliver preparedness training specifically tailored to migrant populations. The course drew on materials developed under the Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) Initiative, previously funded by PRM.

The training culminated in 15 trainees delivering preparedness training to 30 Myanmar migrants living in Phang-Nga province. Following this community training, the migrants indicated an improved understanding of local disaster risks, knowledge of how to prepare for disasters, and the intention to do so.

The training was led by IOM under the PRM-funded Asia Regional Migration Program and was the third MICIC TOT conducted in Thailand this year. Previous trainings were held in northern and central Thailand, in May and July respectively.