From Bangladesh to Myanmar: Repatriation of Rohingya Refugees

27 Mar, 2018    ·   5454

Angshuman Choudhury considers why full repatriation may take at least 2-3 years, even as a best case scenario

Angshuman Choudhury
Angshuman Choudhury
Senior Researcher, and Coordinator, Southeast Asia Research Programme (SEARP)

23 March 2018 marks two months since the first wave of repatriation of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh was to begin through a bilateral agreement with Myanmar signed in November 2017.

Since then, not a single refugee - of the 6,88,000 new arrivals - has been returned to Northern Rakhine, from where they fled after Myanmar security forces began a violent