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Stateless in Bangladesh: The Rohingya's Ongoing Plight

Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world following decades of natural disasters, famines, civil war and over-population.  It has also hosted the hundreds of thousands of stateless Rohingya refugees for over three decades. Refugees International assessed the situation of unregistered Rohingya refugees who have been living in eastern Bangladesh without assistance and legal protection. The Rohingyas’ plight has only worsened due to the government of Bangladesh’s tightening of restrictions on NGOs assisting the Rohingya. The Bangladesh government must improve protection of the Rohingya by permitting aid agencies to assist both refugees and impoverished local communities, as well as to develop a registration process for the unregistered population.
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Refugee homes are built with thatch and reinforced with pieces of plastic and cloth to withstand the monsoon season. The government has barred NGOs from providing new shelter materials to the refugees in the last two years.