Rohingya Refugees to Bangladesh: Historical Exclusions and Contemporary Marginalization

  • Citation: Ullah, Akm Ahsan. “Rohingya Refugees to Bangladesh: Historical Exclusions and Contemporary Marginalization.” Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies 9, no. 2 (2011): 139–61.
    • Topics:
    • Country and Regional Studies
    • Keywords:
    • Rohingya
    • refugee
    • Arakan
    • Myanmar
    • Bangladesh

Rohingya refugees from the Arakan state of Myanmar found their ways a number of times to Bangladesh to escape state-sponsored persecution. While there is no dearth of studies on refugees, Rohingya has so far received very little research attention. This article tries to understand the dynamics and severity of reported humiliation by the government on the Rohingya population, and how are they marginalized in their destination points. A qualitatively and quantitatively designed questionnaire was used to interview 134 refugees from two existing camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Both qualitative and quantitative analyses reinforce that the level of abuse and persecution perpetrated upon them surpass all human rights standards. This was confirmed by both the in-depth and the case studies. These people were forced out by state-sponsored persecution and again they are forced to be repatriated due to the fact that Bangladesh cannot afford to welcome them back.

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