Connect with us

Hua Hin

Police move to detain Rohingya at purpose-built regional shelters

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: The Royal Thai Police are lobbying Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to build regional detention centers to house Rohingya refugees across Southern Thailand.

The move aims to relieve the pressure on already-overflowing detention centers at immigration offices in Phuket, Phang Nga and Ranong.

Maj Gen Kraibun Suadsong from the Royal Thai Police Office of Police Strategy, which oversees the Thai Immigration Bureau, revealed the new push for dedicated Rohingya camps during a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Promnok in Phuket yesterday.

“The Royal Thai Police thinks that it might be easier to take care of all 1,722 Rohingya being detained in Thailand if they were kept in the same place,” Gen Kraibun said.

He explained that initial efforts to build a single facility to house all 1,722 Rohingya met strong opposition from local residents in Cha-uad District in Nakhon Sri Thammarat, the selected site for the proposed mega-camp.

“Local residents did not agree with the idea, so we selected another site at Dan Singkorn in Prachuap Khiri Khan province,” Gen Kraibun explained.

“However, by that time the committee involved in the project believed that having so many Rohingya held at the one location might make it easier for them to escape,” he added.

Gen Kraibun did not elaborate on whether or not the recent Rohingya riot at Phang Nga Immigration (story here) affected the decision of building a single detention camp.

“Instead, the committee finally agreed to seek to have the Rohingya at new purpose-built shelters in Nong Khai, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Ranong and Songkhla,” he said.

However, Gen Kraibun also did not elaborate on why a new shelter is being proposed in the in Northeast province of Nong Khai, located on the Thailand-Laos border, some 1,400 kilometers from Phuket.

“We are now in the process of proposing this idea to the Cabinet to request the budget for building the new shelters,” he said.

— Orawin Narabal


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand8 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Thai PM sued, 4 phase Reopening plan | September 28

Thailand9 hours ago

List of disease restrictions by colour-coded zoning

Coronavirus (Covid-19)9 hours ago

Tuesday Covid Update: 9,489 new cases; provincial totals

Sponsored13 hours ago

St. Andrews International School, joins global event for children’s wellbeing

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Thailand10 hours ago

Alleged drug dealer busted in Chon Buri, police seize drugs and gun

Crime11 hours ago

Nearly 200 police have been found guilty of misconduct this year

Thailand12 hours ago

Legalising prostitution, Beautiful Temples, Thai Taxi’s | Thaiger Bites | Ep. 27

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand12 hours ago

Army ranger suspected of killing his wife and mother-in-law surrenders to authorities in Songkhla

Thailand13 hours ago

6 dead and 30 provinces affected by topical storm ‘Dianmu’

Thailand14 hours ago

Kanchanaburi experiences earthquake so minor hardly anyone notices it

Thailand14 hours ago

Thailand Top Stories | Emergency decree extended, Quarantine waved | September 28

Thailand15 hours ago

Thailand’s reopening divided into 4 phases

Thailand15 hours ago

Thailand Restrictions waived Nov 1, Pornography law amendments | Good Morning Thailand | Ep. 97

Coronavirus World16 hours ago

Restrictions tightened in Singapore amid surge in Covid-19 infections

Thailand16 hours ago

Pattaya mayor confirms Pattaya reopening postponed to November

Coronavirus (Covid-19)16 hours ago

Thai PM hit with 50-million-baht lawsuit from angry restaurant operators

Thailand2 weeks ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism7 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11