720 Bangladesh Refugees to be Repatriated

Willy Haryono    •    25 Mei 2015 17:07 WIB
720 Bangladesh Refugees to be Repatriated
Rescued migrants from Bangladesh wait for an identification process by Indonesian authorities and the International Organization for Migration at the confinement area in the fishing port of Kuala Langsa in Aceh province on May 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ROMEO

Metrotvnews.com, Langsa: The care of Rohingya and Bangladesh refugees in Aceh is continuously conducted by the Indonesian government. From 1.759 refugees there, 720 are known to be from Bangladesh seeking occupation or victims of human trafficking.

Meanwhile, the 1,062 Rohingya refugees are comprised of 565 men, 235 women and 225 children. These Rohingya ethnic refugees are fleeing from a state in Myanmar due to conflict and security reasons.

The issue was addressed in a meeting led by the Minister of Social Affairs Khofifah Indar Parawansa, as attended by the chairmen of Aceh Administration, UNHCR, IOM, Ministry of Social Affairs, the Quick Response Team of National Disaster Mitigation Agency (TRC BNPB) and several NGOs in Langsa City Hall on Sunday (5/24/2015) at around 10.00AM. The central government appreciated Aceh's provincial government, regional and city governments, NGOs and the public assisting these refugees.

TRC BNPB has been present in Aceh's refugee camps to ensure the fulfillment of logistic, sanitation and health needs of the unfortunate boat people.

Moreover, the government has prepared two measures related to the Rohingya and Bangladesh refugees.

First, 720 Bangladesh migrants are to be repatriated immediately to their home country.  The Bangladesh Ambassador to Indonesia had visited Northern Aceh and set up a plan to gradually repatriate the migrants. The funds to conduct this effort come from UNHCR and IOM, as the migrants will gradually be transferred to Medan before flown to Bangladesh starting next week. It is hoped that the process will be completed within a month.

Secondly, for the handling of Rohingya refugees, resettlements and social protections are to be conducted by various ministries and agencies, including the fulfillment of basic needs, trauma healing and other necessary assistance.

A meeting in the Coordinating Ministry of Human Resources and Culture Developments is scheduled for Tuesday, May 27, 2015 as the need for effective coordination is crucial to overcome refugee problems. Currently, the central government is formalizing a Presidential Decree on Refugees and Asylum Seekers Management. (Eps)