Burma Times Correspondent: August 13, 2015
Bangladesh is going to take a census for the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled to the neighbouring country following persecution in their homeland.
Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque said the government has allocated US$2.7 million for the project.
Many Rohingyas are however likely to avoid the census officials over fears they would be deported back to Arakan.
Rohingyas face severe discrimination in Bangladesh and does not have any legal status. It is not clear how the government of Bangladesh will use the data but the country remains extremely hostile to the presence of Muslim refugees from Burma.
The International Migration Organisation (IMO) which is assisting the Bangladesh government with this project however welcomed the move.
“The government may provide them with identification cards after the census that may allow them to get health services and may help give legal cover to their stay here,” IOM spokesman Asif Munir said.