Myanmar deports first batch of boat people

09 June 2015
Myanmar deports first batch of boat people
Migrants, who are to be repatriated from Myanmar to Bangladesh, cross the Myanmar-Bangladesh friendship bridge at the Taung Pyo near the Bangladesh border, Rakhine State, western Myanmar, 08 June 2015. Photo: Nyunt Win/EPA

Myanmar deported the first batch of about 150 boat people on Monday to neighbouring Bangladesh according to an article by RFA on 9 June.

About 150 out of the roughly 200 migrants found adrift off Myanmar’s coast last month were handed over to officials in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, a representative from western Myanmar’s Rakhine state government said.   
“They crossed the border bridge to go into Bangladesh, and they will be taken to their places by car,” said HlaThein, a representative of the Rakhine state government. “The rest of the 50 boat people are still under investigation.” 
The remaining 50 from the first group and more than 700 others found a week later are still in camps in Rakhine state, which borders Bangladesh, waiting for officials to complete identity verifications.