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Myanmar to establish special immigration force in Rakhine

August 26, 2013

CREDIT EMG 34.08.2013

Border security forces situated along fence of Maungdaw Township and Bangladesh border area (Photo/EMG)

Border security forces situated along fence of Maungdaw Township and Bangladesh border area (Photo/EMG)

Myanmar is planning to form a special anti-illegal immigration task force soon to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the country through Maungdaw, a border town with Bangladesh, according to officials.

“The force is now being planned to be based in Maungdaw. The headquarters is handling it. The organizational structure is still not set,” said an official from Kyeekanpyin Immigration Headquarters.

When Nasaka border security force was still not abolished, immigration officials were key players of Nasaka in checking illegal immigration and now they are awaiting orders from superior officials to restart their duties.

In July, President Thein Sein issued a notification to abolish the Nasaka border security force, which was mainly active in Rakhine State and in particular along the border with Bangladesh.

Though the former Nasaka was formed with officials from army, police, immigration and customs departments, the coming force is said to be set up only with immigration officials.

And they will be based in outposts around Maungdaw.

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