Thai authorities officially close the Hmong refugee camp at Wat Tham Krabok in Saraburi province today, May 26, and hand over the land to provincial authorities to develop as they deem appropriate.
The remaining 5,000 plus Hmong refugees waiting to resettle in the U.S. will be allowed to remain at the camp until September. The rest who do not qualify for resettlement in the U.S. or refuse to go will be moved to Lampang.
Some 10,000 Hmongs refugees from Wat Tham Krabok have left for the U.S. since the new resettlement program began in the summer of 2003.
Listen to our Laos News report for details.