Thailand to deport 400 Rohingya migrants after raid
BANGKOK (AFP) - Around 400 Rohingya migrants discovered in a raid on a camp hidden in a remote rubber plantation in southern Thailand will be deported back to Myanmar, Thai police said on Friday.
The group, 378 men, 11 women and 12 children, were found in a makeshift shelter in the plantation in Songkhla province where they had languished for three months waiting to be trafficked to a "third country", local police said.
Acting on a tip-off, officials stormed the shelter on Thursday and found the Rohingya, a Muslim minority group, not recognised as citizens in Myanmar, who have fled sectarian unrest in their thousands to Thailand and other countries.
"They are now waiting for deportation which will be done by Thailand's immigration police," Lieutenant Colonel Katika Jitbanjong of Padang Besar local police told AFP.