The recent wave of Indonesian migrants in Thailand from the period of 2000 to 2010 was significantly increased from 549 people to 2,952 people (NSO, 2010). Unlike the descendants, recent wave of Indonesian migrants are mostly migrate voluntarily. Despite the regular migrants, there are hundreds of Indonesian entered the country and stayed without legal documents in Southern Thailand. Annually, there are approximately 3,500 Indonesian applied for non-immigrant visa. Report of Thai Bureau of Immigration 2015-2017 showed the number within these three years is stable. Hence, the different traditions and religious values between Indonesia and Thailand still provide wide opportunities for Indonesian migrants to live, study, work, or leisure.
During their live in Thailand, Indonesian migrants are considered in acculturation process. As a pioneer study regarding Indonesian migrants in Thailand, this research will investigate, explore, and analyse the Indonesian migrants aspiration towards their social adaptation in the aspects of acculturation strategies, social network, and trans-nationalism. This study will collect data from different aspect of education, occupation, age, gender, and irregularity. In order to have more generalization , this research will combined quantitative and qualitative methods.
Regardless the legal documents they hold, this research will include the regular and irregular, documented and undocumented one. This study would enable Indonesian government, Thailand government, and public readers to understand the acculturation, social network and trans-nationalism practices by Indonesian migrants in Thailand.
October 18, 2018 Time: 12:30-13:30 hrs. Room 109 Sra-bua