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Over one million Rohingya refugees registered in Cox’s Bazar district

By Burma Times

Bangladesh army has been registered more than one million Rohingya refugees since begning biometric registering of the refugees last year, according to our correspondent.

Bangladesh has counted more than a million those Rohingya refugees who are living along the border areas of Cox’s Bazar district, but now the figures are higher than previous estimates.

The Bangladesh army began biometric registering of the refugees last year after the latest mass influx of Rohingya from Myanmar, where the Muslim minority have faced decades of persecution.

The registration is aimed partly at aiding repatriation of the refugees — a controversial issue as mostly say they do not want to return.

According to official report, the latest estimates, the number of Rohingya refugees has increased and registered at around 10,91,324 people since August 25 till now.

Abu Nayeem Masum, Assistant Director of the Department of Immigration and Passport, said that the number of registration centers has been reduced than before. Rohingyas are living in 12 shelters in Ukhiya and Teknaf, are being registered. Somes camps are currently underway.

According to different sources, nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees entered the Bangladesh from Myanmar since August 25, when the Myanmar military launched a violent crackdown against Rohingya Muslims in Arakan State.

Doctors Without Borders said that at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed in the first month of the crackdown.

However , some of the Rohingya refugees have been living in Bangladesh for many years. ##

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