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Indonesia to deport 19 BD migrants on Thursday

By UNB, DHAKA
09th-Jun-2015       
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Nineteen out of 38 suspected Bangladeshis found stranded among Rohingya refugees in North Aceh in Aceh province of Indonesia will be flown back home on Thursday.
Head of Lhokseumawe Immigration Office Akmal on Sunday claimed that the 19 'Bangladesh nationals' will be deported to Bangladesh on a commercial flight, according to reports of Indonesia's Antara news agency and Jakarta Post.
"They'll epart from Lhokseumawe and transit in Medan, North Sumatra.  From Medan, the flight will transit again in Malaysia before travelling on to Dhaka, Bangladesh," Akmal said.
He said, the Bangladesh Embassy in Indonesia is still gathering information to ascertain the identities of other undocumented Bangladeshi refugees.
The immigration officer said the 19 'Bangladesh' citizens had obtained complete travel documents and tickets from the Bangladeshi Embassy in Jakarta so that they could be immediately deported.
"We're waiting for the report from the Bangladeshi Embassy as it's the embassy that directly handles the registration. Once the embassy issues their travel documents, we can deport them," he said.
A total of 824 refugees said to be belonging to Rohingya and Bangladeshi communities were recently rescued by the Acehnese fishermen from Tamiang and Langsa waters of Aceh Province.  Forty-seven of them are being accommodated in Sungai Kurok Tiga Village, Seruway Sub-district, Aceh Tamiang District.
Currently, Aceh province is accommodating at least 1,722 refugees, comprising 1,239 males, 244 females and 238 children.

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