AIZAWL: The number of Myanmar nationals on Monday seeking refuge in Mizoram has surpassed 1,000 since the military seized power in the neighbouring country last month.
At least 100 people who were sent back to Myanmar have returned to Mizoram, officials said here.
After the March 10 directive to stop illegal migration from Myanmar, a senior Mizoram home department official said the government has received no further communication from the Centre on the Myanmarese refugee issue.
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“According to the state’s home department, 1042 Myanmarese nationals have entered the state as on Monday. While the majority of them are staying in border villages and receiving help and shelter from local NGOs, some are staying with relatives, according to a senior Mizoram home department official.
He claims that many of those who have crossed the international border to enter Mizoram are members of the police and fire departments.
According to a Champhai district official, about 100 refugees who were recently sent back to Myanmar from Farkawn village by an NGO have returned to Mizoram.
She said the refugees this time crossed the Tiau river on the Mizoram-Myanmar border and went to other villages.
Till now, only one village has confirmed such an incident, and it is unclear why the 100 or so people were sent back.
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