PHUKET: The six stateless asylum seekers who have been housed under guard at Phuket International Airport for over a month may soon be leaving the island.

Malaysia has agreed to accept the four Syrians in the group, and the two Lebanese men will be sent to Bangkok, said Prapansak Prasansuk, Chief of Immigration at the airport.

How the men, said to be fleeing violence in their countries, arrived in Phuket on a flight from China without passports is still not entirely clear to Immigration officials.