EU raises humanitarian assistance to migrants in Thailand
August 18, 2014 15:49
The European Union is committing a further 125,000 euro (Bt5.1 million) to provide humanitarian assistance to Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants, currently being held in immigration detention centres (men) and social welfare facilities (women and children)
This brings the total EU assistance to these detainees to 325,000 euro (Bt13.8 million) since June 2013, it said in a statement.
The EU said that following inter-communal violence in Rakhine State in Myanmar since June 2012, thousands of Rohingya have been fleeing on boats, many hoping to reach Malaysia and other destinations. In January 2013, some 2,000 Rohingya men, women and children were detained in Thailand. In 2014, a further 1,000 Bangladeshi and Rohingya people ended up in the same detention situation.