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Indonesia to send back rescued Bangladeshis

  • Published at 04:38 am May 26th, 2015

Indonesia is likely to send back Bangladeshi migrants who landed on its shores in two or three weeks, said an Indonesian immigration official.

"The Bangladeshi government has committed to taking back all its citizens. Indonesia will do its best to help with the process," The Straits Times quoted Mr Mirza Iskandar, investigation and enforcement director at the national immigration office in Jakarta.

Asked how soon the Bangladeshis would be repatriated, he said: "Can't be in a week's time, maybe two or three weeks."

However, the country has agreed to allow Muslim Rohingya refugees to stay on until they are accepted by a third country.

There are more than 800 Bangladeshis in Aceh province and another 56 in North Sumatra.

They were rescued together with more than 1,000 Rohingya off the eastern part of Sumatra island by local fishermen about a week ago.

The rescued Bangladeshi migrants would be sent to Medan of North Sumatra before their trip home, head of the local prosecutors' office Mr Armiftahul Arifin said.