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Return of Bangladeshis rescued in Myanmar is almost complete

A boat carrying migrants picked up in Myanmar waters. Photo: MOI

October 12, 2015

The return of Bangladeshi nationals rescued from the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea by Myanmar authorities almost reached a level of completion with yet another batch of 110 returning on 12 October 2015, according to a statement from the Bangladesh Embassy in Yangon on 11 October.

Earlier, on five occasions, a total 626 verified Bangladesh nationals were repatriated among around 800 rescued persons in three caseloads in May and July 2015.

With this planned repatriation, all 736 verified so far as Bangladesh nationals are returning.

Verification of nationality for the approximately 60 remaining persons is ongoing while 26 have not been verified as Bangladesh nationals and 19 (mostly women and children, some holding refugee cards issued by UNHCR as Myanmar nationals) are undocumented Myanmar residents staying in Bangladesh, the statement said.

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