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‘Thousands’ of persecuted Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants stranded at sea

Rescued migrants were suffering from exhaustion.Image by:Reuters

‘Thousands’ of  persecuted Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants stranded at sea
May 14
02:37 2015

Thousands of refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar are stranded at sea close to Thailand, according to an international migration agency.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) told the BBC a Thai crackdown on recent arrivals meant many smugglers were now reluctant to land.

As many as 8,000 people are believed to be stuck on boats, the IOM said.

In the past two days more than 2,000 have arrived in Malaysia or Indonesia after being rescued or swimming ashore.

Jeff Labovitz, head of mission for IOM Asia Pacific, told the BBC that the discovery last week of dozens of human remains in abandoned camps in the south of Thailand had prompted a police crackdown and therefore people smugglers were holding their boats at sea.

Bangladeshi migrants, and ethnic Rohingyas who face severe persecution in Myanmar and are force to flee their mother land, are normally brought by people smugglers to Thailand where they are effectively held ransom until they can raise money for their onward journey to Malaysia and beyond.

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Source:BBC NEWS.

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