UNHCR to interview boatpeople to help determine identity, origin (United News of Bangladesh)

Dhaka, May 22 (UNB) – The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, plans to interview migrants who have recently landed in northern Peninsular Malaysia once the immigration work by Malaysian authorities is sorted out.

UNHCR representative Richard Towle said the interview process would help determine the identity and origin of the individuals involved, according to report of Malaysian news agency Bernama.

“From that process, we could determine who they are,” he said, cautioning that in previous instances, some Rohingya migrants had claimed that they were Bangladeshis and vice-versa.

Towle said the process would also help the UN agency determine the appropriate assistance that could be rendered.

He was one of the participants of a panel discussion on the migrant situation jointly organised by the Global Movement of Moderates and Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (PROHAM) here today.

On May 10, a total of 1,158 Rohingya and Bangladeshi illegal immigrants landed on Malaysian shores while others reached northern Sumatera.

On May 20, Indonesia and Malaysia agreed to continue to provide humanitarian assistance, by offering temporary shelter to 7,000 irregular migrants still at sea.

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