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Karen Refugees in Thailand Do Not Want to Return: Survey

17 July 2013

A survey of thousands of Karen refugees in Thailand showed that most do not want to return to Burma, a network of local news agencies reported Tuesday. The survey by the Karen Refugees Committee at the Tham Hin refugee camp in south Thailand found that 46 percent of more than 6,000 respondents wanted to resettle in a third country, 27 percent wanted to remain in Thailand and 27 percent would go back to Burma if peace was guaranteed, Burma News International reported. More than 7,000 refugees live at the camp, but 120,000 refugees from Burma live in Thailand, the news network reported, and repatriation has been a growing concern following ceasefire agreements between the Burma government and ethnic rebel groups.