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Saittawut Yutthaworakool (22)

Saittawut Yutthaworokool

Host Organisation: Labour Rights Promotion Network Foundation (LPN) – Samut Sakhon

“You should never let your fears prevent you from doing what you know is right”. – Aung San Suu Kyi

My interest in Politics and International Relations has led me to continue my postgraduate studies in the same field at Thammasat. After failing to apply for the inaugural Youth Ambassador programme in 2014, I decided to apply for the 2015’s intake with a strong ambition to utilise my academic skills and knowledge in the fieldwork with the selected host organization. I’m certain that being part of the programme will enable me to look at and, hopefully, help improve the situation of migrant workers from an insider perspective.

I think migrants in Thailand are encountering harsh realities coupled with the negative perception from Thais. Thai society also perceives migrant workers as the concerns for national security, illegal drug trafficking, and so on. Thus, discrimination becomes a barrier for the Thai society and migrant workers to understand each other. I am expecting that the Youth Ambassador programme will encourage me to voice my concerns to the Thai people in order to improve the relationship and dispel misperception, myth and distorted discourses on migration. In the end, I’m sure that I will spend the valuable time as a Saphag Siang Youth Ambassador towards improving the migrant workers’ living conditions.

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