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Bangladesh: Bangladesh opens complex to house ‘climate refugees’

Bangladesh has opened a complex of 20 blocks for people who have lost their homes due to storms and floods. The South Asian country has faced a lot of devastation due to climate change and the nation is in the UN … Continue reading

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South Asia’s Weakening Resilience in the State of Pandemic

Before Covid-19, the Spanish flu was the deadliest pandemic that hit the world, including the South Asian countries. It was estimated that around 18 million people died in this region due to that pandemic in 1920. A century later, the … Continue reading

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Bangladesh: Rohingya face ‘cruel’ caning sentence in Malaysia as hostility to refugees grows

A group of Rohingya refugees who survived a treacherous journey at sea now face caning and seven months in jail after they were convicted under the immigration act in Malaysia, where activists have warned of an alarming rise in xenophobia … Continue reading

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Bangladesh: Rohingya scapegoated as Bangladesh battles COVID-19

“Two more Rohingya die from corona: Locals in panic” — screamed a recent newspaper headline in southeastern Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar. Social media has sometimes been equally hysterical. One college teacher posted on Facebook that lack of awareness about COVID-19 among … Continue reading

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Indonesia: Locals Defy Authorities’ Covid-19 warnings to rescue Rohingya refugees

Governments across south-east Asia are turning away boats but in Aceh locals took matters into their own hands. On Thursday afternoon, residents of Aceh, Indonesia, waded back and forth in water helping Rohingya refugees clamber to safety. Exhausted children were … Continue reading

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Bangladesh and Pakistan: ‘Pandemic threatens future of 600M kids in South Asia’

The coronavirus pandemic is profoundly impacting the future of 600 million children in South Asia, UNICEF warned in a report. The UN agency called on governments to take immediate action to protect millions of children and families in the region. … Continue reading

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Pakistan: World’s third-largest refugee-hosting country, renews commitment to cause

On World Refugee Day, Pakistan renewed its commitment to share the global burden, but urged for international support for millions of displaced people. “Global support to refugees and host communities as a shared responsibility,” is imperative today more than ever … Continue reading

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Bangladesh: In Rohingya refugee camps, coronavirus is under control — for now

The coronavirus pandemic reached Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps a month ago, raising alarm it could spiral out of control. While the situation is under control — at least for now — refugees need continued support. Source: https://bit.ly/2V9B1hj

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Bangladesh: Government Urged to lift Rohingya internet ban as Covid-19 rumours swirl

Rohingya leaders have urged Bangladesh to lift an internet ban imposed on a million refugees in the city of Cox’s Bazar, warning that rumours and panic over Covid-19 is deterring people from getting tested. Limits on communication are exacerbating already … Continue reading

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INDIA: Understanding Citizenship and Refugees’ Status in India

by Prachi Raj (prachiraj372@gmail.com), MPhil student at the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi. The recent Rohingya crisis in South Asia raised questions regarding the refugee policies of the Indian state, which seem to take a very diplomatic position … Continue reading

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