The UN and Bangladesh have started formally registering hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled a military crackdown in Burma.
With 1.2 million refugees originating from Burma and tens of thousands more uprooted inside the country, the Southeast Asian nation was the source of the fourth-largest population of displaced people…
Minister Win Myat Aye said a group of 450 Hindu refugees will be allowed back across the border on 22 January as the first step in the repatriation process.
The boat sank near Shah Porir Dwip, on the southern tip of Bangladesh, late on Sunday with up to 35 people on board, Bangladeshi police said.
“We will all have to ramp up our response massively, from food to shelter,” said the assistant high commissioner for operations at the U.N. refugee agency.
All of an estimated 40,000 Rohingya Muslims living in India are illegal immigrants and the government aims to deport them, a senior government official says.