Burma Times: 6 June 2015
The government of Bangladesh has developed a plan to move thousands of registered Rohingya refugees to an island located in southern Bangladesh. These refugees have been living more than two decades in refugee camps near Myanmar border. The area where they are currently living is a major tourist attraction, so the government wants to shift them to an island to enrich the environment of tourism in Cox’s bazaar.
This is the reason for moving the Rohingya, as stated by government officially. In two official camps there approximately 38 thousands refugees live under UN refugee agency while more than 2 lakhs refugees live in unofficial camps. The place where government is going to shift the refugees is a climate impacted area. On this island impact of climate has already displaced so many local people. Therefore, it would jeopardize the life of thousands of refugees if they are taken to this island. In addition, several local organizations from this island have already expressed their concerns and protested against Refugees relocating to their island.
Analyzing all these points we could say, consequently, that the government will put the life of refugees in fatal danger if the plan is implemented. So it will be better for refugees to develop a durable and lasting solution, without moving them from the present location. If the government has a sincere intention to improve the living standard of refugees, there is no guarantee of safety and protection of these vulnerable refugees if they are moved to these islands.