Some 6,000 Shan refugees – many of whom fled conflict at home more than 20 years ago and sought refuge in camps along the Thai-Burmese border – are about to experience a severe cut in international assistance.
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Burmese refugees living in Thailand will face challenges if they are repatriated, the UN refugee agency said on Wednesday.
Thousands of refugees line up to be counted in the Mae La camp near the border town Mae Sot, as Thai authorities begin the first census of its kind.
Friday is World Refugee Day and on the Thai-Burmese border some 120,000 people are living in refugee camps, but Thai military officials have indicated that the repatriation of refugees may not be a distant prospect.