Tag Archives: Southeast Asia

Malaysia: 269 Rohingya Refugees Seeking Entry Detained

Malaysian authorities have detained 269 Rohingya refugees seeking entry on a damaged boat off the island of Langkawi. The body of a female migrant was also retrieved.  A coastguard vessel first spotted the suspected migrant boat off the island, preparing to push … Continue reading

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Myanmar: Rise of Covid-19 Cases

17 New cases confirmed 30th May, bringing the country’s total to 228. The return of migrants from bordering areas continues, with more than 80,000 migrants returned since March, mainly from Thailand. All returnees are required to undertake testing at the … Continue reading

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Thailand: Warnings of a Second Wave of COVID-19 Resulting from Migrant Living Conditions

Health experts have warned Thailand is vulnerable to a second wave of COVID-19 due to the neglect of their large migrant labor sector. These fears follow after Singapore’s second wave of cases. initially being praised for their Covid-19 response and … Continue reading

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Japan and Thailand: Refugee Aid from Japan’s Contribution of 450,000 USD to Thailand for the Prevention of COVID-19

The Government of Japan’s contribution of 450,000 USD to Thailand in aid of preventing COVID-19 is welcomed by the UN Refugee Agency.  The UNHCR Representative of Thailand states that this contribution will “allow UNHCR to share information on hygiene measures … Continue reading

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Singapore: COVID-19 in Southeast Asia: non-citizens have a right to protection too

Singapore leads the region in COVID-19 with 28,794 confirmed cases as of 19 May 2020. The majority of Singapore’s cases come from crowded foreign-worker dormitories. Singapore is just one of a number of countries in the region where millions of migrant workers … Continue reading

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Singapore: Condition of Migrant Workers- Lockdown and Testing

Majority of the 26,000 recorded cases of Covid-19 are migrant workers living in crowded dormitories. On the 5th April 2020, the Ministry of Health issued a press release indicating that the overcrowded migrant worker S11 and Westlite Toh Guan Dormitories … Continue reading

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Philippines: Analysis of State Emergency Response on Humanitarian Aid

The intensified lockdown measures and enhanced community quarantine have resulted in severe movement restrictions, impeding the capacity of humanitarian response from agencies and national and local authorities to engage with vulnerable communities including migrants and refugees. Conflict affected IDPs in … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Mass Arrests of Refugees

Raids and mass arrests of refugees and undocumented migrant workers as part of an anti-Covid-19 campaign despite Malaysia’s previous announcement reassuring they wouldn’t be arrested. Those arrested include young children and Rohingya refugees. Source: Global Detention Project

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Thailand: Crowded Conditions in Immigration Detention Centres

Authorities have reportedly started shifting immigration detainees to different facilities to assist social distancing but immigation detention centers remain crowded, risking risk of infection and no measures regarding immigration detainees in prisons have been announced. The Border Consortium released a … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Movement Control Order- How are Refugees Coping?: Interview with Lilianne Fan

Key impacts of the MCO include the loss of livelihoods, which has threatened basic food security and left many unable to pay rent and thus at risk of evictions. Lilianne Fan additionally highlights that despite free testing for all foreigners, … Continue reading

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