Countries Offer to Shelter Asian Migrants
This may be a relief. Indonesia and Malaysia have responded to the mounting humanitarian crisis of thousands stranded at sea in Southeast Asia with a pledge to provide temporary shelter. The offer, which coincides with another boat of starving migrants being rescued off Indonesia, is to take in the estimated 7,000 migrants — mostly Rohingya Muslims — as long as the international community commits to managing their repatriation within a year. The countries won’t actively search for migrants, but they’ll help those who come ashore.