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Rohingya Boat People to Be Repatriated to Burma

3 January 2013

Officials say 73 Rohingya refugees found adrift off the Thai resort island of Phuket will be repatriated to their homeland. The refugees declared they were unable to continue their journey to Malaysia due to exhaustion and fear of mishaps at sea. There were 12 children among the 73 refugees, all of whom will be sent back to Burma by land on transport provided by Thai immigration police. Thai authorities on Tuesday had supplied medicine, food and fuel to the asylum seekers, so they could continue their journey. Thai policy is to not accept boat people but to aid them in reaching a third country.—AP