Malaysia and Indonesia agree to provide temporary shelter to boat migrants for...

Malaysia and Indonesia agree to provide temporary shelter to boat migrants for a year

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Illegal immigrants from Myanmar rest at a temporary immigration detention center in Langkawi, Malaysia Tuesday, May 12, 2015. About 1,600 Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees have landed in Malaysia and Indonesia in the past day, apparently after human traffickers abandoned their virtual floating prison ships and left the passengers to fend for themselves, officials said Monday. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

The Asian countries Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to provide a temporary shelter to the thousands of migrants who are stranded at the sea. The officials have put a condition that the international community must resettle them within a year.

Reports say that 400 starving migrants have arrived in Indonesia after they were rescued by the local fishermen. The foreign ministers of Malaysia and Indonesia have reached to an agreement and has marked the first step towards ending a regional crisis which has resulted the oceans with overcrowded boats which are labelled as floating coffins.

The foreign minister of Malaysia Anifah Aman, said that the two countries have agreed to provide them a temporary shelter that will provide a resettlement and repatriation process that will be done in one year by the international community. The countries will be providing humanitarian assistance to the 7,000 irregular migrants at the sea. For many weeks the countries have been sending their navies to tow the boats back to their territories and such a practice is called as the ‘human ping pong by the United Nations.

Anifah added that Indonesia and Malaysia have invited to other countries in the region to join the initiative. Retno Masurdi, the foreign minister of Indonesia said that the irregular migration is not the problem of two nations and that it is a global problem.

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