The government's decision to temporarily detain Rohingya illegal migrants for six months did not mean authorities wanted to upgrade their case to refugee status, National Security Council (NSC) secretary-general Lt Gen Paradon Pattanathaboot said yesterday.
Thailand will not set up permanent refugee camps, though it could still build temporary detention centres, he said.
More than 1,400 Rohingya illegal migrants have been rounded up since early January. Thailand has provided them with food and water on humanitarian grounds.
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