Myanmar to handover more boat people to Bangladesh

Yangon, July 16 (IANS) Myanmar authorities are slated to handover 165 verified Bangladeshi boat people, an official report said on Thursday.

A total of 733 boat people were rescued by Myanmar navy on May 29 at sea near Pyapon township, and are being provided temporary shelter in the state of Rakhine, Xinhua reported.

The handover is scheduled for July 22, the report added.

Last month, Myanmar had sent back the first batch of 187 verified Bangladeshis out of 200 saved on May 21 off Myanmar’s Rakhine coast.

Investigation by the Myanmar government found that some of the boat people had fallen victim to human trafficking rings and crime syndicates after receiving offer of work in Thailand and Malaysia from illegal job brokers.

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