Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Thailand in talks to deport Burmese refugees

Thailand says it is having talks with Burma about the repatriation of more than 100,000 refugees.

An official in Bangkok says he cannot say when it will happen, but the intention is to close down the refugee camps.

He says Burmese refugees have been in Thailand for more than 20 years and taking care of them is a burden.


In Burma, authorities have detained 146 people dumped on a beach by traffickers who allegedly told the group they were in Thailand.

A Burmese Government official told AFP newsagency they were found in late March.

He says they claim paid to be taken to Bangkok and were told they had arrived near the Thai capital.The 146 people will be charged under the Immigration Act.

More than 80 people who are Rohingya will be sent back to Rakhine State in western Burma, while the remainder will be sent to Bangladesh.

Source: Australia Network News

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