Thailand: Refugees

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 24th May 2018.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Thailand about ensuring the safety of newly arrived refugees from Burma.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

We are aware of recent reports of refugees arriving in Thailand following increased violence in Karen State and our statement on 11 May 2018. Refugees have been crossing from Burma into Thailand for nearly 30 years, and there are established camps and international support for them in Thailand. Our Embassy in Bangkok is following developments along the border with Burma: it has not made representations to the Thai government about the safety of newly arrived refugees but stands ready to do so if we judge this necessary.

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