The Central Mediterranean Sea is host to the most active of the three known major migratory routes into Europe.
Since August 25, more than 671,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh to escape killings and other mass atrocities being conducted in Rakhine State, Myanmar. Xchange arrived shortly after the first Rohingya refugees fled to Bangladesh and has been collecting data and closely monitoring the developments ever since. Through surveying the Rohingya refugee population we’ve been able to analyze the journeys and incidents which led so many people to flee (Rohingya Survey 2017).
About the Survey
February 25, 2018 marked the six-month anniversary of intensified flight from northern Rakhine State. On August 25 last year, Myanmar’s military launched renewed ‘clearance operations,’ ostensibly in response to attacks on police posts by Rohingya insurgents. Since then, 671,000 Rohingyas have fled across the border to Bangladesh; while arrival numbers have slowed, a trickle of refugees continue to cross the border, escaping ongoing persecution.
During September-October 2017 we have collected 1,360 testimonies from Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar ( Bangladesh ) - This is what we found.
❝The Rohingya are often referred to as ‘one of the world’s most persecuted minorities’ by activists and the press.❞