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Prime Minister Orders Action Against Migrants Fleeing Bangladesh

© AP Photo / S. Yulinnas, FileMay 20, 2015 file photo, migrants sit on their boat as they wait to be rescued by Acehnese fishermen on the sea off East Aceh, Indonesia
May 20, 2015 file photo, migrants sit on their boat as they wait to be rescued by Acehnese fishermen on the sea off East Aceh, Indonesia - Sputnik International
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Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that punishment will have to be given to those who are moving from the country illegally.

In this Wednesday, May 20, 2015 file photo, migrants wait to be be rescued by Acehnese fishermen on their boat on the sea off East Aceh, Indonesia - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ordered officials on Sunday to take action against migrants who tarnish the national image by trying to flee the country, local media reported.

Thousands of people from Bangladesh and neighboring Myanmar are feared to be stranded at sea in boats as they look to cross the Bay of Bengal to reach Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

"Side by side with the middlemen, punishment will have to be given to those who are moving from the country in illegal way… They are tainting the image of the country along with pushing their life into a danger," Hasina said as quoted by the Daily Star newspaper.

In this Sunday, May 17, 2015, file photo, Bangladeshi men listen during a visit by Bangladesh's Ambassador to Indonesia Mohammad Nazmul Quaunine at a temporary shelter in Langsa, Aceh province, Indonesia - Sputnik International
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She added that migrants who flee the country in search of jobs have become "mentally sick" in their pursuit of money, according to the daily.

Earlier on Sunday, Malaysian media reported that police found 30 mass graves in the country's northwest that are thought to contain bodies of migrants.

Bangladesh is one of the world's most densely populated countries and poverty is widespread there despite the country being listed by the Goldman Sachs bank among the emerging economies with most potential for development.

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