Global Refugee Crises Will Hinder Resettlement of Asian Boat People

A U.N. official said it will be extremely difficult to finding new homes for thousands of boat people in temporary shelters in Indonesia and Malaysia. Those countries said they would offer shelter to 7,000 migrants, provided they were repatriated or resettled in third countries within a year. Alistair Boulton, the assistant regional representative of the UN's refugee agency, said there are perhaps 100,000 people a year who manage to be referred for third country resettlement, The agency estimates more than 87,000 migrants left between January 2014 and the end of March this year on smugglers' boats across the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea to Malaysia and Indonesia. They are mostly Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladeshis fleeing persecution and poverty



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