UNHCR seeks local integration of 20,000 Rohingya refugees
The government is processing a proposal by the United Nations High
Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) seeking local integration of about 20,000
Rohingya refugees living in camps in Bangladesh for more than a decade.
According to today The Independent, a senior official of the Ministry of
Disaster Management and Relief yesterday confirmed the developments and
said that the UN body had submitted the proposal on the ground that the
remaining Rohingya Muslim refugees, numbering about 20 thousand, were not
willing to go back to Burma.
25,00,00 Rohingya Muslims who crossed the Burma border to escape
persecution and took shelter in Bangladesh in 19911, all returned to Burma
voluntarily in 15 years except about 20 thousand who are yet to be
The repatriation process under the supervision of the UNHCR is now stalled
and the process began in August in 1991 following an agreement between
Bangladesh and Burma, now known as Myanmar.
The agreements on the refugee issues at different levels reached so far
between Dhaka and Rangoon demonstrated sincerity of both the signatories
to resolve the issue peacefully.
Bangladesh wants to see all the refugees go back safely and voluntarily to
their motherland, Burma. Burma is willing to take back even the last one
The official said that the UNHCR had given the proposal in a concept paper
it had submitted to the government containing various dimensions of the
The local integration of the refugees is one of the three internationally
established ways to resolve the problem. While two others are their safely
return to their homeland and their settlement in a third country.