Mizoram prepares for possible influx of refugees fleeing Myanmar after coup

District authorities of Champhai in Mizoram bordering Myanmar are gearing up for a possible influx of refugees fleeing the neighbouring nation after final month’s navy coup there.

The state shares a 510km-long border with Myanmar and there’s a chance that those that concern political persecution may flee and enter India in search of refuge.

In an order issued on Tuesday, the Champhai administration requested individuals within the district, particularly these residing in border areas, to instantly notify them of any details about Myanmarese nationals coming into India in search of shelter.

“If somebody crosses over without the notice of the district administration or village councils in border areas, they have to be caught and the local authorities alerted. They have to record entries of people who are not Indian nationals,” Maria CT Zuali, deputy commissioner, Champhai, mentioned over cellphone.

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Once village councils submit stories of any such entry of Myanmar nationals of their areas, the district administration will take motion on them in session with the Centre. “We will try and find out if at all the lives of those entering India are threatened in Myanmar. We can decide on these people based on what the Centre says. They will be deported if we are not granted permission to take them in as refugees,” Zuali mentioned.

The DC acknowledged that as of now, no Myanmarese nationals have entered the district following the navy coup. But there have been some stories of individuals in search of refugee standing.

“We have heard some such reports from a few village councils. We will have a meeting on Thursday on how to treat these illegal migrants. We have to scrutinise each such person and the reason for their trying to enter India. We don’t want any militants trying to sneak in,” she mentioned.

The order acknowledged that those that face hazard of persecution by the current management in Myanmar as a consequence of their political views must be thought to be refugees and given shelter within the district.

It added that a big quantity of individuals may flee Myanmar and search refuge in India consequently of the coup and the rising civil disobedience towards it.

Along with the order, the district authority additionally issued a proforma for the “identification of migrants/refugees entering Mizoram from Myanmar in connection with military coup”.

Besides recording the personal particulars of every Myanmarese nationwide, it will additionally enumerate data on whether or not that particular person belongs to any political organisation focused by the navy within the neighbouring nation, causes for fleeing and in the event that they face any “real and imminent threat”.

The order by the Champhai administration is in keeping with commonplace working procedures (SOPs) ready earlier by the state’s residence division relating to refugees from Myanmar.

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