UNHCR helps more refugees return to their homeland


Bangkok: More than 500 refugees are expected to return home as part of a voluntary repatriation process led jointly by the Thai and Myanmar governments this week.

The third such programme, supported by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners, aims to provide returning refugees with a chance to rebuild their lives in their home country following decades of displacement in Thailand.

The refugees will depart from five camps on the Thai-Myanmar border and cross over the Kayin and Kayah states.

After being received by authorities at the border, the returnees will then head for reception centres, where they will be provided with assistance, including immigration documentation and medical check-ups. From there, they will go to their final destination.

Recognising improved conditions in parts of southeastern Myanmar, the UNHCR has been supporting this government-led process since late 2016, by helping refugees who have expressed a desire to go back home.

UNHCR also provides counselling and information on conditions back home.

In the two previous movements in October 2016 and May 2018, 164 refugees left Thailand for Myanmar. UNHCR continues to monitor their reintegration and transition to life in present-day Myanmar.

Such initiatives are tailored to the needs of each community, and designed to create and support livelihood opportunities, facilitate access to basic services, as well as ease additional pressure on community infrastructure.

There are more than 97,000 Myanmar refugees, mainly of Karen and Karenni ethnicity, living in nine camps along the Thai-Myanmar border. — The Nation/Asia News Network

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

World , thailand

   

Next In Regional

Delta COVID variant becoming globally dominant, WHO official says
U.N. chief Guterres appointed for second term
Ismail Sabri: 106 factories ordered to close for not complying with SOP
Subaru to temporarily shut its plants in July due to chip shortage
Lawmaker: North Korea hackers target South Korea nuclear think tank
Tenaga, plantations power KLCI sharply higher
Drink up, drink fast, drink alone? Tokyo to ease alcohol curbs
Malaysia maintains CPO export tax at 8% for July
India should brace for third COVID-19 wave by Oct, say health experts
HSBC: Malaysia, Singapore regional hubs for green financing

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers