CRRICs special webinar series is planned to reflect upon the current relocation of Rohingyas to Bhasanchar. Here some of the media coverage about the government of Bangladesh’s decision:
After years of uncertainty the much contested relocation of Rohingya refugees to Bhashan Char has become a reality. On December 3, 1,642 inmates of the existing camps were brought to the Char via Chittagong by seven vessels of the Bangladesh Navy with much fanfare. Initially 2,500 are expected to be brought to the silty islet.
Official sources inform that USD 350 million was spent to develop the facility. It has provisions for yearlong supply of fresh water, uninterrupted power supply, agricultural plots, 120 cyclone shelters, 2 hospitals, 4 community clinics, mosques, telecom services, teaching centres, playgrounds and a police station.
The deteriorating security situation (drug smuggling, human trafficking and conflicts between refugee groups) in Teknaf and Ukhiya upazilas of Cox’s Bazar district has been identified as one of the major reasons that prompted the government to plan and execute this project since 2015.