Wednesday, January 03, 2007

15 North Korean refugees arrested in Thailand

Taipei Times reports that Thai police have arrested 15 North Koreans for illegally entering Thailand.

Police found the North Koreans in a bus in Chiang Rai, around 800km north of Bangkok, following a tip-off from someone on the bus, they said.The group had 10 women, three men and two young boys.

Serious food and energy shortages have made more and more North Koreans leave their country, and many of them have been going to northern Thailand after crossing through China and Laos.

The number of North Koreans arrested for illegal entry into Thailand last year jumped from 50 in 2005 to more than 400 in 2006.


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