Repatriation of Nepalese and
Indian Nationals from the FSM
Press Release #1608-03
Palikir, Pohnpei FSM Information Services
August 09, 2016
National Police Force
Officers escorted Five Nepalese out of Pohnpei to their country of
origin on 1 August 2016.
The Nepalese were part of a boat involving
36 undocumented persons, being transported by two Indonesian nationals
seeking refuge in Australia and United States.
They entered Yap harbor on 18 November 2014
to seek aid.
Since arrival of the “green boat” with the 36
undocumented persons in the FSM in November 2014, the Government had
been in contact with authorities of Nepal and India to arrange
repatriation of these foreign nationals to their country of origin.
The captain of the “green boat” had been
jailed, tried, and convicted of entering the FSM jurisdiction illegally
in violation of immigration laws and human smuggling. Under negotiated
agreement with Jakarta, the two Indonesian nationals were returned to
In June 2016, 7 Nepalese were repatriated
In July 2016, Yap State Government informed the
National Government that it could no longer afford to host the remaining
“green boat” persons.
The remaining 27 were transferred to
Pohnpei State where the FSM National Government is located.
On 1 August 2016, 5 out of 27 persons were
repatriated through an organized escort departure involving the National
Of the “green boat” people, 4 have been screened
by the United Nations Refugee authorities as meeting the eligibility
criteria for refugee status, and are currently awaiting transfer to a
The FSM Government has indicated its desire
that the refugees be relocated elsewhere at the earliest possible time.
18 Indian nationals, still
awaiting travel documents from their government are scheduled to be
repatriated within the next two weeks, and will be escorted by members
of the National Police force when travel arrangements are confirmed.