Migrants in South-East Asia

Bangladesh and Myanmar policies of persecution, the lack of citizens’ economic resources as well as the cases of human trafficking have triggered the escape of thousands of immigrants; most of them are Bangladeshis and Rohingyas, a Muslim minority in Myanmar which is not accepted as they consider them Bangladeshis. Hundreds of immigrants reached Indonesian, Malaysian and Thai soil on Friday but the decision of these countries was to return the migrants to high seas, preventing them from bringing closer to coastlines. All three countries state that they have already picked up hundreds of people. The United Nations high commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Husein, has asked for a rapid action to protect immigrants’ lives.  Malaysian Prime Minister claims that the region is living a crisis which is both regional and international and that no more watercrafts will be accepted until the regional states’ meeting for dealing with the issue is celebrated on 29 May.

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