The number of Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar in the southeast of the country has been steadily increasing since late August 2017, with the current total exceeding 909,000. Needs among the refugees are high as they flee a government crackdown in Rakhine state, Myanmar. Prior to this, Bangladesh already hosted almost 213,000 Rohingya refugees. ?

Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a repatriation agreement for the return of Rohingya in November 2017 despite concerns from humanitarian and human rights groups that potential returns would be premature. Bangladesh and Myanmar officials had the third meeting in October to move forward with the agreement. ?

Plans were made to repatriate 2,260 refugees to Myanmar on 15 November, starting with 150 per day. In the days leading up to the initially scheduled repatriation, Rohingya refugees fled the camps and went into hiding. Continuous fear and confusion about returns increases protection concerns.?

INFORM measures Bangladesh's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be high, at 5.8/10. Bangladesh’s exposure to hazards is of particular concern, at 7.5/10. ?

Latest Developments

17/02: A fire killed at least nine people, injured dozens, and burned over 200 homes in a slum in Chittagong. The cause of the fire is still unknown.  ?

Key priorities

Health is a pressing need among the Rohingya and host communities. This need is likely to increase as monsoon season approaches.

WASH is a priority in response to the current influx of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.

Protection is a key concern for Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar.  


Key documents