Thailand’s refugees: ‘Please tell the world we exist’

Thailand’s refugees: ‘Please tell the world we exist’ – The Star, November, 2014
…In Thailand, that means that once the tourist visa expires 90 days after arrival, there is zero domestic legislation governing their existence. Whatever trauma asylum-seekers arrived with is compounded by a frightening new reality — a precarious future. They have no right to work, no access to schools or hospitals and they face the constant risk of arrest and indefinite detention by underpaid police who sometimes use refugees like a debit card, demanding extortion or jail…

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