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Asian Research Center for Migration (ARCM) 

Chulalongkorn University




    The Asian Research Center for Migration (ARCM), based in the Institute of Asian Studies in Chulalongkorn University, is an internationally recognised center of excellence in social science research. Initially founded in 1987 as the Indochinese Refugee Information Center, the Center was established with the mission of conducting research on the flows of refugees from Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries seeking asylum in Thailand. After the Indochinese refugee crisis had abated in Thailand and the refugee camps were closed under the Comprehensive Plan of Action, the Center began to conduct research on new refugee situations that had begun to emerge in Southeast Asia. In recognition of this newly broadened research focus, the Center was reconstituted as the Asian Research Center for Migration in 1995. Since then, we have significantly expanded our thematic areas and now include projects on all forms of international migration in Southeast Asia, with a particular emphasis on Thailand as a sending, receiving and transit country.  

    ARCM was recognized as a Chulalongkorn University Center of Excellence in 2007. Our core team is drawn from the University's academic community, including both Thai and non-Thai experts with experience and technical back-up in various relevant fields, including sociology and anthropology, political science, economics, human geography and law.



    Our mission is to undertake timely, evidence-based and critical research on cross-border migration trends and processes in Thailand and more broadly, Southeast Asia. We seek to provide information on migration-related themes to the general public in the form of published research, statistical data and policy recommendations. ARCM also offers its expertise and services to individuals and organisations through lectures, seminars, trainings and consultancies.


We specialize in the following migration-related issues in Thailand and Southeast Asia: 

  • Labour Migration and Development

  • Forced Migration (Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons, Asylum Seekers, Trafficked Persons)

  • Migrant Rights, Welfare and Protection

  • Migrant Health and Education

  • Migrant Children and Women

  • Gender-based and Sexual Violence

  • Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing


    ARCM is a member of a variety of academic networks including the Asia Pacific Migration Research Network, the Global Development Network, the International Association of Forced Migration and others. We have long-established and strong partnerships with multi-lateral, national and non-governmental organisations, as well as the private sector. These include United Nations agencies, International Labour Organisation, International Organisation for Migration, The Royal Thai Government's Ministry of Labour Protection and Social Welfare, Ministry of Interior, Department of Employment, and the Department of Fisheries. We also work closely with non-governmental organisations, such as Plan International, Care International, International Rescue Committee, Human Rights and Development Foundation and many others.

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