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Bangladesh hosts largest number of displaced people from Myanmar

WORLD REFUGEE DAY TODAY
DIPLOMATIC CORRESPONDENT
Bangladesh hosts largest number of displaced people from Myanmar

Bangladesh continued to host the largest number of ‘refugees’ from its second neighbour Myanmar in 2016, according to the global trends report released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on the eve of World Refugee Day on June 20.
The number at the end of last year stood at 2.76 lakh. According to various government sources of the government of Bangladesh, the figure is ‘significantly’ higher than this.
Though the UN relief agency described the Myanmar nationals as refugees, only about 33,000 are officially registered as refugees while the remaining are considered by the government as undocumented Myanmar nationals, they clarified.
“The number of refugees from Myanmar rose to 490,300 by the end of 2016, from 451,800 the previous year. Bangladesh continued to host the largest number of these refugees (276,200),” said the UNHCR report.
Some 26 other countries with large numbers of refugees from Myanmar included Thailand (102,600), Malaysia (87,000), and India (15,600), it said. In the meantime, the report, the UNHCR’s major annual survey of the state of displacement, published yesterday stated war, violence and persecution worldwide are causing more people than ever to be forcibly displaced.
At the end of 2016, there were 65.6 million people forcibly displaced worldwide – some 300,000 more than a year earlier.
The number represents an enormous number of people needing protection worldwide.
The figure of 65.6 million comprises three important components.
First is refugee numbers, which at 22.5 million are the highest ever seen. Of these, 17.2 million come under the responsibility of the UNHCR, and the remainder are Palestinian refugees registered with the UNRWA.
Syria’s conflict remains the world’s biggest producer of refugees (5.5 million). However, in 2016, the biggest new factor was South Sudan where the disastrous breakdown of peace efforts in July of that year contributed to the outflow of 739,900 people by the year’s end.
Second is displacement of people inside their own countries, whose numbers were 40.3 million at the end of 2016 compared to 40.8 million a year earlier. Syria, Iraq, and the still very significant displacement inside Colombia were the biggest
internal displacement situations, nonetheless the problem of internal displacement is a worldwide one and accounts for almost two thirds of the global forced displacement total.
Third is asylum seekers, people who have fled their country and are seeking international protection as refugees. As of the end of 2016, the number of people seeking asylum globally was 2.8 million.
This adds up to an immense human cost of war and persecution globally: 65.6 million means that on an average, one in every 113 people worldwide is today someone who is displaced – a population bigger than that of the world’s 21st most populous country, the United Kingdom.

 

 

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