Protecting victims of irregular migration in Asia

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A Rohingya woman and her child at a makeshift camp outside Sittwe in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State. IRIN File Photo.

Over the past year nearly 90,000 people, mostly Rohingya people from Myanmar and citizens from Bangladesh, have risked their lives crossing the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this month convened a ministerial meeting on what's known as irregular migration.

Among its recommendations was establishment of a task force and trust fund to assist people rescued at sea.

Dianne Penn asked Vivian Tan, spokesperson with the UN Refugee Agency, (UNHCR), in Bangkok, Thailand, how irregular migration affects the region.

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