Sanjeev spent his fellowship year in Bangkok, Thailand, where he partnered with the Issara Institute, an organization dedicated to stopping human trafficking and forced labor.
Thailand is one of the primary destination countries for migrants in the region, particularly migrants from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos. For decades, migration between the countries was unregulated which meant that the vast majority of migrants from these three countries made it to Thailand through irregular channels, lacked any kind of proper documentation, and were exposed to widespread exploitation. In the past fifteen years, the Thai government has tried to crack down on irregular migration by creating channels for legal migration. However, the channels are slow and restrictive. The majority of the migrants in Thailand have continued to use irregular channels.
Sanjeev conducted a research project that explored labor migration trends between Myanmar and Thailand.