Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Eleven Families of Hmong Return to Laos
45 Hmong refugees, members of eleven families who had entered Thailand illegally, have been returned to Laos under a voluntary repatriation program yesterday.
Each of the families was given 15,000 baht to help them resettle. To date 2,949 Hmong from Laos have been returned to Laos under the program.
These Laotian Hmong tribespeople had entered Thailand illegally hoping to be sent to live in a third country. Up until Tuesday, they had been held at Huay Nam Khao village in Phetchabun province. The repatriation followed an accord between Thailand and Laos.
They crossed the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge at Nong Khai and are now being given new homes in Laos.