Thailand wants to create migrant-only communities

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With improving weather in Southeast Asia, some are concerned there could be a return of “boat people”, which is a slang term that has been given to migrants taking to the sea in search of a better life.

Many end up in southern Thailand and in one area, tens of thousands have arrived already. This has sparked the idea locally of creating migrant-only communities. Authorities say it will help them supervise arriving migrants, but migrant rights officials claim integration is the key to racial harmony.

CCTV’s Martin Lowe reports.

Thailand wants to create migrant-only communities

With improving weather in Southeast Asia, some are concerned there could be a return of "boat people", which is a slang term that has been given to migrants taking to the sea in search of a better life. Many end up in southern Thailand and in one area, tens of thousands have arrived already. This has sparked the idea locally of creating migrant-only communities. Authorities say it will help them supervise arriving migrants, but migrant rights officials claim integration is the key to racial harmony. CCTV's Martin Lowe reports.