671,000 new arrivals are reported as of 15 February, according to IOM Needs and Population Monitoring (NPM) Round 8 site assessment. The full dataset can be found here. The decrease is not a result of population return, but rather the use of a more detailed and accurate methodology to estimate total population figures.
As of 01 March 2018, the RRRC Family Counting Exercise, supported by UNHCR, has counted 831,597 refugees. This methodology provides population data with gender and age disaggregated statistics, geolocation and specific protection needs at the household level. The Family Counting Exercise is conducted as a shed-to-shed exercise with every refugee family being interviewed, and covers Rohingya refugees across camps and settlements. The complete dataset can be found here.
The RRRC-UNHCR Family Counting and NPM will continue to monitor and triangulate the population figures and report independently based on their individual and complementary methodologies.
As of 8 March, the Bangladeshi Immigration and Passports Department has registered 1.08 million people through biometric registration.
As of 8 March, the Armed Forces Division (AFD) has completed 7.7 kilometres of the main road in the Kutupalong Bakukhali extension. The AFD has also completed 2 kilometres of an additional access road.
Preparedness for the coming cyclone and monsoon season is a priority
671,000 Cumulative arrivals since 25 Aug
110,000 Arrivals in host communities
589,000 Arrivals in Kutupalong Expansion Site1
185,000 Arrivals in other settlements and camps
Violence in Rakhine State which began on 25 August 2017 has driven an estimated 671,000 Rohingya across the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The speed and scale of the influx has resulted in a critical humanitarian emergency. The people who have arrived in Bangladesh since 25 August came with very few possessions. They are now reliant on humanitarian assistance for food, and other lifesaving needs. The Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar is highly vulnerable, after generations of statelessness even before the severe traumas inflicted by this most recent crisis. They are now living in extremely difficult conditions.