9 Dec 2005

Northern Marianas plan to accept unlimited number of ethnic Vietnamese refugees

12:09 pm on 9 December 2005

A report in the Northern Mariana Islands says the Attorney General's Office is arranging for an unlimited number of ethnic Vietnamese people to stay in the country for an indefinite period.

The newspaper, the Saipan Tribune, says the proposed regulations are contained in the latest edition of the official register.

Permits are set to be issued to children between eight and 16 years old particularly ethnic Vietnamese living in Cambodia and deemed to be victims of human trafficking and sexual slavery.

The United States International Mission, an international non-profit human rights agency, reportedly presented the safe haven concept to the Northern Marianas.