Sirakul Suwinthawong

SirakulSirakul Suwinthawong is working on her PhD (Monash University), researching “Applicability of International and Thai National Laws on Migration along Borders of Laos and Northeastern Thailand”.

Her research looks at why Lao people migrate to Thailand, often illegally. She will investigate the risk of exploitation of migrant workers by firstly addressing problems concerning definitions of the recognition of migrants’ status under Thai law and the ambiguity of their legal status because of some exhaustive loopholes and irregular problems. 

She will also look at how migration trends between Laos and Thailand have evolved and changed rapidly over the past years, and how government policies, legislation, institutions and programs have lagged behind.