Burma Times : By Mohamed Farooq , March 28, 2016
The numbers of non-Rohingya people from different countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan … etc are sharply increasing for getting asylum by means of Rohingya in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey and Europe. Some of them are already granted refugees status in Malaysia, Australia and Europe.
On 27th March 2016, some news media highlighted that the Turkish coastguard stopped five boats carrying dozens of illegal migrants, mostly from Myanmar (Burma), who were trying to reach the Greek island of Lesbos.
In Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, thousands of Bengali pretend to be Rohingya. More than eighty percent of applicants received UNHCR cards issued as Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. They are waiting for resettlement to third country through UN. But, many Rohingya victims who fled from the state-sponsored sectarian violence and systematic discrimination do not get Refugee status yet in Malaysia.
Moreover, hundreds of Bengali reached to Australia by boat from Indonesia. They were granted asylum in the name of Rohingya. According to eyewitnesses, many Bengali originally from Teknaf and Cox’s bazaar landscapes of Bangladesh, are benefitted by means of Rohingya in Australia, are building big houses, buying shops and land properties in Bangladesh.
The local language of Chittagong district is slightly similar to Rohingya language. But their dialects and accents are totally different from Rohingya. A Rohingya can recognize the Chittagongian language (Chadgaiya) speakers by talking or hearing them within a short moment.
In Turkey, thousands of people from Punjab district of Pakistan and Afghanistan who speak Urdu, Dari, Pashto and Farsi are trying to enter Europe through Greece for having a better life. When they were arrested by Turkish police or security forces, they said, ¨ we are Rohingya. We are from Burma¨. Then they were set to free by Turkish government. Actually, Turkish authority has no proper knowledge about Rohingya language and identity. The Turkish government involves to helping Rohingya at any cost as Rohingya are defenceless and helpless in the world. Mostly likely the appearances and skin colours of the people from Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh seem to be Rohingya for outsiders. It is very easy to classify Rohingya from other races and citizens by Rohingya language and physical looks.
In addition, hundreds of non-Rohingya (Bengali) people are settled down in France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway for years by using the name of Rohingya.
At the present time, more than 50 Bengali applied for asylum in the name of Rohingya in Zwickau, Dresden, Freiberg, Leipzig, Augsburg areas of Germany respectively.
Few months ago, a Bengali from Comilla district of Bangladesh got protection in Norway by pretending a Rohingya although he does not speak Rohingya language. Instantly, Rohingya Community in Norway – RCN reported this case to the Norwegian Immigration Appeals Board (Utlendingsnemnda) in Norway. The RCN is attempting to prove that he is a Bengali who misused the Rohingya community.
Flow of immigrants to Europe is very high now. This is also a security issue for the whole Europe. The people who can easily replace Rohingya name instead of their own original identities and they can violet the National Laws of the country which allowed them to live. If they break the laws, it will affect the backgrounds of entire Rohingya Community. Therefore, Rohingya are afraid of their illegal activities.
Verily, the authority of the country should investigate whether he/she is Rohingya or not before providing protection on humanitarian grounds. They are misusing the name of Rohingya, a persecuted Muslim minority which has been targeted by violent attacks and state-sanctioned discrimination in the Buddhist-majority state, Myanmar (Burma).
Evidently, Rohingya minority becomes a public property for non-Rohingya people as well as for some NGOs. If you are a real victim subjected by your land, you can apply by claiming your own case but not in the name of Rohingya.
(Mohamed Farooq is a Rohingya activist, lives in Norway. He can be reached at email@example.com)