Myanmar is in the midst of a sweeping transition, but one thing that has not changed is that Thailand is still left with little moral choice but to shelter its refugees. These days, that means mostly Rohingya who have taken to the sea and washed up on Thai shores after fleeing mob violence directed at them in Myanmar's Rakhine state.
As international outrage mounted following reports that Rohingya boat people were being pushed back out to sea by Thai authorities, earlier this year Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra promised to care for those who had ended up on Thai soil for six months, while the United Nations and other groups tried to come up with a permanent solution. A report in Wednesday's Bangkok Post contains a list of 24 centres in Thailand where about 2,000 Rohingya are being sheltered.
That six month period ends on July 26, but with no real alternatives the government should and almost surely will extend the period, while more Rohingya come into the country with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
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