Rohingya refugee crisis about to begin, again..


BANGKOK—Southeast Asia is bracing for a new “sailing season.” It’s a benign-sounding expression for one of the region’s most perilous annual events.

As the seasons change and summer begins in the southern hemisphere, when monsoons recede and seas grow calmer, tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims in Burma make a grim decision. They choose to sail eastward on creaky boats run by callous smuggling syndicates. Their goal: securing underground work in Thailand or Malaysia, even though both nations warn them to stay away.

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