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Refugees/Migrants - South-East Asia

The root causes of refugee flows continue to persist around the Bay of Bengal. Late August 2017 saw mass displacement after attacks on border guard posts in Myanmar's northern Rakhine State triggered a military response. As of 30 March 2018, over 898,300 Rohingya refugees are in Bangladesh, putting a strain on aid resources (ISCG Situation Report,12 April 2018). This is the largest mass refugee movement in the region in decades. The speed and scale of the influx has resulted in a critical humanitarian emergency. Most are now reliant on humanitarian assistance for food and other life-saving needs. Basic services that were available before the influx are under severe strain due to the massive increase in people in the area. (ISCG, 11 Mar 2018)

Humanitarian agencies have launched an appeal for US$434 million to cover basic needs until February 2018. (IOM & ISCG, 3 Oct 2017)

UN agencies and their partners have launched a Joint Response Plan for USD$951 million to meet the needs of 1.3M people during March to December 2018. (IOM, UNHCR, UN RC Bangladesh & ISCG, 16 Mar 2018)

This followed a smaller refugee influx in October 2016, when attacks on border guard posts — and the security operations that followed — led to an estimated 87,000 Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh from Rakhine between 9 October 2016 and the end of July 2017. (IOM, 30 Jul 2017)

As of 11 March 2018, the total Rohingya refugee population in Cox's Bazar was estimated to be at least 883,000 people, including people who had left Myanmar after earlier waves of violence. (ISCG, 11 Mar 2018)

Within Rakhine state, some 120,607 people were already internally displaced due to previous outbreaks of violence in 2012. (Shelter Cluster, 31 Jul 2017)

In May 2015, more than 5,000 refugees and migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar were abandoned by smugglers on the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea, triggering a regional crisis. Since then, regional maritime movements have declined due to intensified interdiction efforts, greater awareness of the risks, and the lack of legal status in destination countries. (UNHCR, 30 June 2016)

Approximately 12 of every 1,000 people who embark on mixed maritime movements from the Bay of Bengal do not survive the boat journey. This means as many as 2,000 Bangladeshis and Rohingya may have died before ever reaching land between 2012 and 2015 — adding up to a fatality rate higher than in the Mediterranean Sea. (UNHCR, 23 Feb 2016)

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22 Apr 2018 description

A Press Conference on the visit of Myanmar Delegation led by Dr. Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement of Myanmar, to Cox’s Bazar and Dhaka, Bangladesh on 11-13 April was held at National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC), Yangon, Myanmar, at 1000 hours on 19th April 2018.

The Press Conference was attended by Heads of Missions, diplomats and representatives of UN agencies residing in Yangon as well as representatives of local and international media.

20 Apr 2018 description

Cox’s Bazar – Humanitarian agencies welcomed the arrival yesterday (19/4) of vital road clearing equipment as early rains struck Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps causing flooding and highlighting the severe challenges ahead when the monsoon proper arrives.

20 Apr 2018 description

Epidemiological Highlights Week 15

•156 health facilities are currently registered in EWARS. 116 reported were received for week 15. The cumulative completeness for reporting is 74%.

• In week 15, a total 85 alerts were triggered and all the alerts went through initial verification.

• 4 012 AWD cases were reported in week 15, bringing total for AWD in 2018 up to 72 942 cases. One field investigation was conducted in response to an AWD alert. The investigation and initial risk assessment was completed in less than 48 hours.


20 Apr 2018 description

A Manus Island refugee in Port Moresby says the Papua New Guinea immigration authority assisted by the army conducted a dawn raid yesterday at a motel in the capital.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

19 Apr 2018 description


  • Rohingya in Rakhine continue to experience difficulty accessing services and livelihood activities

  • Relief actors are working to relocate refugees residing in at-risk areas of Cox’s Bazar

  • State/PRM provides an additional $24.7 million to respond to the complex emergency in Burma


19 Apr 2018 description

Key Features

  • 100 households (HH) were relocated from Camp 9 (8 HH) and 10 (71 HH) and from WFP canal extension area (21 HH from Camps 10/11) to Camp 20 due to flood and landslide risk.

  • IOM distributed 9,000 dignity kits to women and girls identified as extremely vulnerable in Kutupalong-Balukhali Expansion Site, Leda and Shamlapur.

  • This week, IOM provided training on Shelter Upgrade and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) for 18 staff of partner organisations, bringing the total partner staff trained by IOM to 77.

19 Apr 2018 description
report Save the Children

April 19, Cox’s Bazar – The first heavy rains of 2018 have hit Cox’s Bazar ahead of the much dreaded monsoon season, drenching refugee camps that are now home to nearly 800,000 Rohingya.

There was some rain early on Wednesday followed by a heavy downpour this morning. The rain comes during what’s known as the pre-monsoon season—when severe storms and heavy rains are common—before Bangladesh’s devastating monsoon season starts in earnest in late May or early June.

19 Apr 2018 description

COX’s BAZAR, 19th April, 2018 (WAM) -- The Zayed Al Khair convoys have provided treatment to over 30,000 Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, at the Zayed Humanitarian Volunteer Hospital since its launch in September 2017.

Medical relief was provided under the supervision of a specialist medical volunteer team from the UAE and Bangladesh and as part of the Zayed Humanitarian Campaign to treat underprivileged persons, coinciding with the Year of Zayed initiative.

19 Apr 2018 description

This map highlights the partner organisations (POs) present in Zone. It includes planned, ongoing and completed USK of Shelter/NFI.

19 Apr 2018 description


This profile provides a multisector overview of conditions in Cox’s Bazar District. Data for the findings were collected from March 7 th to March 27th 2018 as part of the Settlement and Protection Profiling exercise funded by UNHCR and implemented by REACH. Key indicators provide context and operational findings at the household level. The full dataset, with indicators presented by theme, is available on the UNHCR portal and REACH Resource Center.

19 Apr 2018 description

About 50 refugees are expected to leave Australian offshore detention on Manus Island and Nauru in the coming weeks to resettle in the United States.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

18 Apr 2018 description


  • As of 31 March 2018, a total 6,577 suspected cases of diphtheria have been reported.

  • The third round of Diphtheria campaign has been completed.

  • Preparation for the upcoming monsoon season is on-going.


17 Apr 2018 description
report UN News Service

Although the massive outflow of Rohingya from Myanmar to Bangladesh grabbed worldwide headlines, the international community must not forget that more than 400,000 of the minority group are living in dire situations at home, a senior United Nations official said Tuesday.

17 Apr 2018 description

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland call for greater international support and coordination to the Rohingya crisis.

On the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland hosted a roundtable on one of the most pressing global issues, the Rohingya crisis.

17 Apr 2018 description

Bangladesh - Rohingya refugees and local people in Teknaf, a southern sub-district of Cox’s Bazar, are racing to prepare for monsoon rains forecast to start as early as this week. IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has been supporting efforts to prepare the camps, which although smaller than the giant Ukhiya sub-district settlements of Kutupalong and Balukali, still house thousands of people, who face similar threats of flooding and landslides.