September 22, 2015 12:49
The government has decided to help a small number of refugees from Berma settle here. The Justice Ministry on Monday said it will accept around 30 refugees from the Southeast Asian country for the next three years.
The first batch of refugees will be selected from a camp in the Thai border town of Mae Sot once they are cleared by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The applicants will go through interviews and medical checkups, and those selected are expected to arrive here in December and receive Korean-language and job training.
Burma has a population of some 55.75 million, but only 70 percent are Burmese and the rest belong to over 130 ethnic minorities, some of whom have been in armed conflict with the central government for decades. A UN-supported peace process has been glacially slow.
The country ranks sixth in terms of refugee numbers in the world as 480,000 people fled civil war and oppression by the military dictatorship.
The UNHCR began helping the forcibly displaced in the 1950s and several countries are involved in the UN agency's efforts -- Canada and Australia provide asylum to over 10,000 people per year.
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