A year after they fled the Rakhine state following a military crackdown, it is now learnt from various media reports that Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh will soon return to Myanmar. Accordingly , newly-constructed transit camps have been set up for the refugees who are scheduled to repatriate on 15 November, according to media reports.
Myanmar has received a list of Rohingya families who are supposed to return to the country, however, many Rohingyas of Ukhiya and Teknaf camps of Cox’s Bazar are not yet ready to return due to safety concerns. The concerned authority asserted that the repartition process would start soon if everything goes well, reported Dhaka Tribune. As many as 22,000 names were put on the list and after scrutiny, Naypyidaw has agreed to the return of 5,000 Rohingyas in the first phase.
“Transit camps have been prepared on the banks of Naf River near Keruntali Nayapara in Teknaf and on the land of Ghumdhum Border for Rohingya repatriation. Two transit camps have been completed since last two months. We hope to start the process of repatriation of Rohingyas next week,” said Cox’s Bazar Refugee Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam as quoted by Dhaka Tribune.