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US Ends Resettlement Program for Burmese Refugees

30 January 2014

The United States has ended a nine-year program to resettle refugees from camps along the Thai-Burmese border, the United Nations said on Wednesday. According to a report by The Bangkok Post, the last candidates for the program were accepted on Jan. 24. The US initiated the scheme in 2005 to “accept as many Myanmar refugees as possible under simplified procedures,” said Vivian Tan, information officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office in Bangkok. Since that time, 73,000 have resettled in the US, according to Anne Richard, assistant secretary of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. There are still an estimated 120,000 refugees from Burma living in nine camps in Thailand.