Canada welcomes 810 Burmese refugees
A solution is in sight for thousands of refugees from Burma who have been "warehoused" in camps for decades and are currently accommodated in nine camps in Thailand.
Following an agreement by the Royal Thai Government to allow large-scale resettlement of Burmese refugees, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has identified 13,000 of an estimated refugee population of 140,000 in need of priority resettlement.
The groups identified are those facing a particularly precarious existence and who have suffered severe persecution, including torture, imprisonment, forced labour, the burning of villages and forced relocation in their homeland.
Eight hundred and ten Karen refugees have been accepted by Canada.