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126 more ‘boat people’ to be returned to Bangladesh


Rohingya Muslims from Bangladesh rescued by the Myanmar navy sit together at a temporary refugee camp in the village of Aletankyaw in the Maungdaw township of northern Rakhine state, Myanmar, 23 May 2015. Photo: Nyunt Win/EPA

Myanmar authorities are making arrangements to send back 126 more “boat people” who are verified as Bangladeshi nationals to their country of origin by next Tuesday, according to a report by Xinhua on 21 August.

The Myanmar navy rescued over 200 “boat people” in Rakhine state’s Maungdaw and over 700 in Ayeyawaddy region’s Pyapon in May when patrolling in Myanmar waters.

The Myanmar authorities have sent back a total of 501 Bangladeshi “boat people” on four different occasions since June after citizenship verification the report said.

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