"Government extends migrants' detention another 6 months"' read the headline in this newspaper on Friday. And readers will certainly see a similar headline again six months from now.
The bottom line is Thailand is very frustrated that it can see no light at the end of the tunnel in the Rohingya problem. And the problem looks to worsen after the monsoon season ends around October, when voyages out to the sea by this minority group fleeing the ethnic clashes in Myanmar are likely to resume. Their boats head south from Rakhine State towards Thailand or Malaysia.
The first deadline for the Muslim Rohingya migrants to be deported has passed and the government has no choice but to grant them another six months to stay.
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