Published:  08:35 PM, 04 December 2019

Rohingyas to go back when they’re ready: IOM Bangladesh chief

Rohingyas to go back when they’re ready: IOM Bangladesh chief

A vast number of Rohingyas are willing to return to Myanmar, claims the chief of International Organisation for Migration’s Bangladesh mission, insisting that they will go back when they are ready.

Bangladesh and the international community are struggling to find a solution to the prolonged Rohingya crisis which poses a serious threat to national and regional security.

“Tackling tension between the Rohingya refugees and the local community is a priority for the next year,” Giorgi Gigauri told a workshop on ‘Reporting Migration’ at a Dhaka hotel on Wednesday.

Bangladesh is currently hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas, most of them forced to flee their homeland in Myanmar’s Rakhine State since late August 2017.

Although Dhaka and Naypyidaw signed an agreement for repatriation, there has been no progress.

The UN Refugee Agency on November 28 said it is extremely difficult to set a timeline when a conducive environment for the return of Rohingyas will be created as there are “too many factors”.

Planning Minister MA Mannan on Tuesday said the government is working closely with other countries of the region to find a suitable solution to the Rohingya issue.

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