Arrest, Detention and Deportation

The arrest, detention, and deportation (ADD) of migrants in the Greater Mekong Subregion is widespread and, despite efforts by governments to regularise migrants and introduce new policies, documented experiences of migrants show that abuse, corruption, and disregard for human dignity continue unabated. ADD processes in Thailand and surrounding countries frequently run counter to international human rights standards, and the gulf between policies and practice leave migrants at risk of ADD, regardless of their registration status.

Taken near the border crossing between Poi Pet, Banteay Meanchey, Cambodia and Aranyaprathet, Sa Kaeo, Thailand (Photo: MMN/ John Hulme)

ADD has been one of MMN’s core focus areas for research and advocacy since the network’s founding. MMN believes that, in line with international standards, governments in the region should adopt genuine alternatives to ADD in managing its irregular migrant population and make ADD a method of last resort. Reform is needed to ensure that ADD processes are humane and transparent, in line with international human rights standards, and subject to independent legal oversight.

Over the years, MMN has conducted multiple studies on issues surrounding ADD and has held dialogues with different stakeholders, including policymakers in countries of origin and destination, civil society organisations, and international organisations. Our research and advocacy are based on extensive analysis of national and international policies and legislation, as well as the experiences of migrant workers and their families. MMN recommendations seek to incorporate migrants’ voices and respond to their needs.

For related further reading, please visit our main webpage on the Regularisation of Migrants

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MMN Online Tool on ADD

You will be redirected to MMN's online tool on arrest, detention, and deportation (ADD) developed in 2012. The webpage provides research findings, news, and information resources relating to ADD.