Sunday Times 24 Desk ::
The authorities of Burma (Myanmar) deported to their country 150 Bangladeshi migrants rescued from ships that had been abandoned by the trafficking networks reported to day local press. These are the first of about 900 refugees who in recent weeks have been intercepted by the Burmese navy and landed in internment camps in the Rakhine state in the west of the country near the border with Bangladesh. On ships traveling Bangladeshis
membersthe rohinyá Muslim minority, living mainly in Rakhine but is pursued by the Burmese authorities to consider Bangladeshi illegal immigrants. The rohinyá have no recognized citizenship in Burma, home to about one million, but neither are accepted in Bangladesh where some 30,000 live in refugee camps. The transfer took place on Monday afternoon in the
localityof Muangdaw once the authorities of both
countries verified the origin of each of them, according to Channel News Asia. “If they are Bangladeshis, there is no doubt that we will. It’s a nice gesture from Bangladesh and Burma to reach consensus to welcome the Bangladeshis after verification, “said a border guard of Bangladesh to this channel. Each of the immigrants paid $ 10 for the Bangladeshi authorities
to easetheir journey to their home towns, said the television. More than five thousand people have landed in Burma, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Thailand in May after their boats were abandoned by smugglers in the Gulf of Bengal following a operation against trafficking in Thailand.