The annual “British Behaviour Abroad Report 2013” has just been released by the UK government. During the period 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013, consular staff gave assistance to more than 19,000 Brits in need which is a slight drop of 3%. Overall arrests of Brits abroad for drug offences dropped to their lowest level for four years, with a decrease of 34% since 2009/10 and general arrests and detentions showed a 21% drop in the same period. However, in the 2012/13 period 3,599 British people were hospitalised and there were over 6,000 deaths of British people abroad. Worryingly, reported rape and sexual assault cases increased by 10% compared to 2011/12.
The following are the statistics for Brits in Thailand during 2012-2013:
- Thailand has seen a significant increase in hospitalisations (31%) and deaths (31%), despite fewer cases worldwide. Road traffic accidents, many involving young people on mopeds, and an ageing expat population are both factors attributed to the increase in cases.
- Proportionally Brits traveling abroad are most likely to be hospitalised in Thailand (285 cases) followed by the Philippines
- Last year, 389 people died in Thailand compared to 296 during 2011-2012. This is an increase of 31.42%
- Last year, 285 people were hospitalised compared to 217 during 2011-2012. This is an increase of 31.34%
- There was a 7.84% drop in the number of Brits being arrested. During 2012-2013 188 Brits were arrested in Thailand. Out of these, 36 were arrested for drug offences which was a 5.26% drop
- There were 9 reported rape cases (down 30.77%) and 4 cases of sexual assault (remains the same)
- In proportion to number of visitors and expats, Thailand is ranked second as the place where Brits are most likely to require assistance
Click here for the full report released by the FCO